Local History and Genealogy

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


The Oldest Person in Northern Indiana Lives in Angola and Enjoys Life

A few days ago we received a paper from Harvey A. Fuller, the blind poet, giving an account of the death of Nancy Williams at Augusta. Georgia, at the age of 110 years.  This called to mind again the presence inour city of Mrs. Elizabeth Maugherman , who has passed the century mark by six years.

She was born at Bricelines Cross Roads, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1805, and when one year old her parents moved to Starke County, Ohio, and most of her long life was spent in the Buckeye state.  When she was twenty-one years of age she went to Trumball county, Ohio, where she married Adam Maugherman. To the union were born seventeen children, six of whom are living, and with one of her daughters, Mrs. Stafford, on East mill Street, she is making her home.

Her father served in the War of 1812, and her husband in the Civil War, and she is now receiving a pension of $12.00 per month, but owing to her advanced age and touch with two wars she ought to have an increase the same as the men.

Mrs Maugherman moved to Williams county some sixty years ago, and lived there until about five weeks ago when she decided to quit work and take the world easy, making her home with her daughter, mentioned above.  Her facilities are good, her memory being remarkably so, and an hour spent in her company will convince any one that she is growing old "willingly, thankfully and serenely."  All her life she has observed early hours and plain living.  Her doctor bills have been few.  What a flood of memories must come into the mind of a person who has lived more than a hundred years.  Thoughts come into her mind of little errands she did for her mother a century ago, and although her mind is active to the things about her, she no doubt lives largely in the years long gone when all life was not strife as it is so largely at the present time.

One hundred and forty-four descendents of Mrs. Maugherman are living, representing five generations, the one to represent the fifth generation being Leona, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Ferrier, of Flint, Steuben county, Indiana and nothing gives her more genuine pleasure that a visit from this great great grandchild.

Her near friend, Mrs. Frank Somerlott, of Angola, who has furnished us most of the above information, speaks in highest terms of her life as a generous, christian woman, who is alive to the interests of the present day.  While she has lived to see the evolution of the oxcart to the aeroplane and other inventions just as remarkable, time has not ceased to be of any moment to her, and while the years of her long life have fallen away like leaves from the tree in Autumn, and she is an old woman and her children are grandparents, she is yet young in spirit and remarkably active.

Steuben Republican October 25, 1911