|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1799|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1891|
The following newspaper clipping was found in the family Bible of Hester's brother, Hamlet Totten:
"Nearing the Century Mark. The Ninety-First Birthday of a Remarkable Woman
"An Enjoyable Celebration To-Day for Mrs. Corwin - She Retains Her Faculties in Her Advanced Age, and Is a Pleasant Companion - Last Night's Weddings - a Budget of Gossip for Society People.
"One of the most interesting events of today will be the celebration of the 91st birthday of the mother of D. P. Corwin, secretary of the Pittsburg, Virginia and Charleston railroad, and H. W. Corwin, connected with Totten's foundry, which will take place at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Ella Lewis, of Forty-fourth street. Mrs. Corwin was born December 10, 1799, in New York State, and was a Miss Hester Totten, when in 1817 she married David Corwin and subsequently settled in Pittsburg, where she has resided half a century. She is the mother of 10 children, nine of whom reached an adult age, John T., Stephen O., Ben Franklin, Henry W., D. P., Carrie A. (Now Mrs. Dr. A. Bennett, of Sandwich, Ill.), Jane J. (now Mrs. Gibson, of Allegheny), Sarah E. and Antoinette, now Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Clarke, respectively, of Brady's Bend. Two of the three sons are now dead, Benjamin Franklin and John T., met their deaths by drowning. To look at the old lady, sitting at her sewing - she calls herself the 'cobbler' of the family - one almost believes that youth may yet become perennial. She is pretty, with bright, clear eyes, and a memory without a break, but specially strong - as generally the case with age, in matters referring to her childhood. She can recount anecdotes of the visit of Lafayette, of the war of 1812, in which her oldest brother, now a resident of Rural Valley, was enlisted, with animation, and correct her hearers as to the dates and names. At the same time she shows none of the garrulity of old age, but plies her needle, with a word of explanation now and then, as her granddaughter proudly displays fine crazy quilts, and worsted coverlids - those works of the spinning wheel without which no trousseau of 'ye olden bryde' was complete - all the work of her ready fingers and keen vision. One thing she displays a great interest and pride in, is a genealogy of the Corwin family in her posession, and one of the Totten family now under way. The first covers eight generations. Her descendants have scarce done so much for the family name, as they can only muster 12 grandchildren altogether.
"Among the guests who will participate in the family reunion are I. N. Patterson, Frank Moor, D. P. Corwin, H. W. Corwin, Messrs. Lysle, McCormick, Will Corwin, and their wives, Mesdames J. J. Gibson, Susie Wallace, Irwin, Etta Lewis and Miss Poor."
Hester's obituary, from papers found in the same Bible:
"An Old Residenter Gone. Among the many deaths announced yesterday was that of Mrs. Hester Totten Corwin at the advanced age of 92 years. Only a few weeks ago her last surviving brother died, aged 89 years. She was in possession of all her faculties and could talk clearly up to a few hours before her death. Mrs. Corwin has the following children still living: H. W. Corwin, D. P. Corwin, and Mrs. J. J. Gibson, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Bennett, Sandwich, Ill.; Mrs. Clark, Brady's Bend, Pa., and Mrs. Evans, Erie, Pa. The old lady was well-known here and her loss will be deeply felt."
John Totten (1770 - 1864)
Lydia Jack Totten (1771 - 1848)
Maria Totten McColgin (1795 - 1873)*
Hester Totten Corwin (1799 - 1891)
Hamlet Totten (1802 - 1891)*
William Jack Totten (1804 - 1850)*
Caroline Totten Linsenbigler (1810 - 1862)*
Union Dale Cemetery
Plot: Lot 3, Range 29, Sec. B, Div. 2
Created by: Sara Stewart
Record added: Dec 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81886240
Added: Jul. 11, 2013
Added: Dec. 12, 2011