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THE OLDEST TWIBS MBS. KABT A. DKHAVE5 DIBS AGED 98 Her Twin BiiUr Survival In Vigorous Htalth, at wellai Several Aged Broth-era Broth-era Broth-era and Sisteri. From the Barnosboro Sentinel. Mrs. Mary Ann JDehaven, one of the oldest twin sisters in this state, if not in United States, died at the home of her son, Abram Debaven, about two and one-half one-half one-half miles west of Barnesboro, in Susquehanna Susquehanna township this county, at 10 a. m., Monday, August 5, 1901, at the remarkable remarkable age of 98. years. Her surviving surviving twin sister, Mrs. Leah Keith, makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph McDonald, Griaemore, Indiana county. The sisters were the descendants of the earliest Dutch Bettlers in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, and were the first children born to George and Mary Magdalene Lowmaster in York county, December, 1803. A few years after their birth therfamily removed removed to Virginia anfl seventy-nine seventy-nine seventy-nine years ago they came to this section, settling settling in the wilderness at what is known as No. 9, Green township, Indiana county. county. In this vicinity, with the exception of a few years, the family have resided almost continuously. ' Seventy-seven Seventy-seven Seventy-seven years ago Mary Ann Lowmaster waa married to John De-haven, De-haven, De-haven, who preceded her to the grave forty-three forty-three forty-three years. To this union were bort nine children, three of whom survive, survive, Mrs. Martha King, of Smithport, Indiana oounty; Abram, at whose home she died, and John, of Barr township this county. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Debaven made her home for forty years with her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder, Snyder, who died in 1899 at Banner Ridge, Clearfield county, at the age of 74 years. Since then she has resided with her son, Abram, who oared for her tenderly until the end came. For eighteen months the deceased baa been in poor health. Mrs. Debaven was one of a family of eleven children, all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood. One brother, Daniel Lowmaster, a minister of the United Brethren church, died from small-pox, small-pox, small-pox, near Hollidaysburg, Pa., over forty years ago. .seven brothers and sis terslstill Burvive at ages that it is not like ly can be surpassed by any family of the same number. Mrs. Leah Keith, the twin Bister, at 98, visited her sister on Sunday before she died, being driven in a buggy four miles and returning home again the Bame day. She is still quite active and bright, me others are Airs, Lena Long, residing near Nicktown.aged 92; Levi Lowmaster, of Marion Centre, Indiana county, aged 90 years; John Lowmaster, of bmithport, Indiana coun ty, aced86 years; Catharine Snyder, of Smithport, aged o5 years; George Low-master, Low-master, Low-master, of Susquehanna township, this county, Bged 81 years, and Mrs. Elizabeth Elizabeth Riehel, of Locust Lane, Indiana county, aged 77 years. Mrs. Dehaven united with the United Brethren church over eighty years ago, and through all her long life remained a true Christian and now goes to her reward. reward.

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  1. Altoona Tribune,
  2. 12 Aug 1901, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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