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Canine - Elizabeth Wilson

Source: Hutchinson Leader, 1901

Hutchinson's Oldest Inhabitant, Elizabeth Ann Wilson a lady nearly a century old, Who is a Great Great Grandmother and a Pensioner of the war of 1812 was connected by marriage with Daniel Boone-- is yet in full possession of her faculties and in remarkably good health.
We frequently read in the public press of the "oldest living  inhabitant," of someone who, with wonderful vitality, hass passed  the alotted "three score years and 10" and has seen 10, 20 or  even 30 additional years pass by, whose generation has passed and  who rounds out a life full of years and honor, which spans a  century. A century in the history of the world is but a short  while, but the one who has lived all through the past century,  has seen greater progress in the affairs of men than ever was  achieved in a like period since time began. He is indeed a daring  optimist who will say that the coming century will witness an  equal advancement. There are doubtless many who know a lady  living in this community who has reached the ripe old age of 91  years, but few may know of other more interesting facts in regard  to her than her age, which is remarkable. "Grandma" Canine lives  with her daughter, Mrs. Abner JARRETT in this city. She is 91  years of age, is a pensioner of the War of 1812 and is a great  great grandmother, Mrs. Abner Jarret, great grandmother; Mrs. LN  Snell (Amy Jarrett) of Miami, Florida, Grandmother; Mrs. Allan  Chandler (Maude Snell), Kissimee, Florida, mother, Mrs. Grace  Chandler, daughter. A "Leader" representative called on Mrs.  Canine recently and found the bright old lady busily engaged in  knitting. SHe is sprightly in full possession of her faculties  and her memory is as clear as a bell, a slight deafness being her  only perceptible failing. She engaged readily in conversation and  kindly related to the writer many interesting facts connected  with the history of her life. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Ann  WILSON and she first saw the light of day in a little log cabin  near the banks of the Ohio River, about four miles from the  little hamlet of Browerville, Oldham County in the "Blue Grass  State," Feb 26, 1810. Her parents came from good old English  stock, both having emigrated from the mother country. Elizabeth  Ann was the second child in a family of six. "People in Kentucky,  those days, had to work," remarked Mrs. Canine. "As soon as I  could sit on a horse I used to go to Louisville with the linen.  We used to make our linen those days and sell it. Father had an  old white horse named Mike that I used to ride and it was a  journey a girl nowadays would not be tempted to try for the  world. The Indians were very numerous and I had to cross streams  where there were no bridges and old Mike had to swim across with  me. " In the fall of 1826 the Wilsons moved to Crawfordsville,  Indiana where they again settled on a farm and here it was that  Miss Elizabeth met the man of her choice, William VanCleave,  himself of a family of no little interest, William VanCleave,  Sr's sister being the wife of the famous scout and hunter Daniel  Boone, the hero of every young American. Mrs. Canine's uncle had  also been with Boone on several of his scouting trips and was  captured with Boone at one time by Indians. Mr. and Mrs.  VanCleave, soon after their marriage in 1828, began farming on a  little tract of land near Crawfordsville, without any such modern  luxuries as a wedding trip or a honeymoon. "We didn't think of  honeymoons those times," said Mrs. Canine. "It was all one could  do to keep enough in the house to eat. Everyone took his corn to  the mill to be hulled, as hominy was the staff of life in Indiana  in those days." FOur children were born to them 3 boys and one  girl. Mr. VanCleave died in 1841, leaving hte care of the farm  and children to his wife, but she bore the task bravely and  succeeded in keeping the wolf from the door until the children  were able to run the farm. In the summer of 1867, Mrs. VanCleave  married Ralph Canine, also a native of Ky. and a veteran of the  War of 1812. He was 20 years older than than his bride, she being  57 and he 77. "He was an old man living on the farm adjoining  ours and was getting pretty feeble and I was then, it seems to me  now, quite young," remarked the old lady with a twinkle in her  eye, "and so we were married." "He was in good circumstances and  I could enjoy myself. My children were all married and lived  near, so Mr. Canine and I occupied the time dring, "round the  coutnry visiting our children when we felt so disposed. Mr.  Canine owned a buggy which was considered a great luxury then,  and it was different riding t o church that way than Mr.  VanCleave and I used to do long before two of us on horseback. We  used to have an old stump in front of the house, and, as we only  had one horse (Those who had two were considered very well off) I  would get on the stump and when he would ripe up, I would mount  behind him and we were off. Mr. Canine served a little over a  year in the war of 1812 and was engaged in sevearl battles, but  came out without any injuries except rheumatism. He would sit and  talk about the battles by the hour but I don't remember them  now." Mr. and Mrs. Canine came to Minnesota in 1878 to visit Mrs.  Canine's child, Mrs. Abner Jarrett, who then lived near Eagle  Lake southwest of this city. IN a short time after their return,  Mr Canine died and his wife cam to live with her daughter. The  writer was surprised to find Mrs. Canine so active and sound in  mind and body. Expecting to meet a feeble, childish old person, I  was greeted by as bright and entertaining a lady as one of only  50 years instead of nearly twice that age. That Mrs. Canine had  sewed over 100 pounds of carpet rags all alone during last fall  did not seem to be considered by her much of an achievement, but  many a miss in her teens would grumble at the task. Nothing  delighted the good old lady more than to talk over the varied and  interesting scened of her childhood and younger years. Your  reporter spent a very pleasant half hour in conversation with her  and graetly enjoyed her reminiscent remarks of the days of long  agi, as certainly the readers of "Leader" will as well.
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