1874 - DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN.
Mrs. Abigail Broadbent, of Wethersfield, Conn., whose one hundredth birthday was celebrated in June last, died Tuesday night, after a brief illness. The Hartford Times of the 28th says: "Mrs. Broadbent was born on the 6th of June, 1773, and at the time of her death was 100 years and nearly eight months old. During her long life she has enjoyed almost uninterrupted good health, scarcely ever having seen a sick day. On Friday last she had a slight cold, but nothing serious was anticipated, as she appeared to be better on Saturday. But yesterday it was found that she was failing, though she seemed to be as talkative as ever. She chatted with one of her grandsons about his tobacco, and was quite cheerful through the day. Some of her friends called to see her, and she wanted to know if there was to be a party. She was told that they came expressly to see her; and she wondered at it, because she did not consider herself very sick. In fact she insisted on being up yesterday, although her daughter, Mrs. Morgan, tried to prevail on her to keep her bed. Her mind was tolerably clear to the last, though at times she talked in a rambling and incoherent manner."
The New York Times
New York, New York
February 1, 1874
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