|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1893|
Born in Kentucky. Aged 107y 8m 28d. Died of "old age".
9 Dec 1893--A colored woman, who was once a slave of Henry Clay, died at Springfield, Ill, Nov 22, aged 107 years. Her name was Mrs. Maria Todd. She was born in Kentucky, March 24, 1786, and was a slave until Lincoln's Proclamation made her free. At an early age she was sold to Henry Clay, then a practicing lawyer near her birth-place. Her master was indebted to Clay for $700, and Maria was transferred to him to liquidate the debt. When she was 19 years of age, Mr. Clay sold her to Paul Christian of this place, in whose hands she remained until her race was freed. The oldest of her living children, Lucinda Perkins, now living somewhere in Missouri, in 78 years of age. Two other children are 68 and 54 years old. The old lady's mind was remarkably clear, though she had been in feeble health for several years. Highbee News, Randolph Co., Missouri. Contr. by Leon Barton #46904326
Died at the residence of her daughter at 1023 South Spring street, Wednesday, nov. 22, at 11 a.m. She was the mother of ten children, three of whom were living at the time of her death, Lucinda Perkins of Missouri, and Mildred Martin and Sarah Robinson of Springfield, IL.
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 4, 4, 40
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Feb 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24682624
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