Flora Stewart...Aged 117 Years CDV Portrait, 1867

Flora Stewart. CDV studio portrait. A.W. Kimball: Manchester, New Hampshire, 1867. Printed caption on recto: "Londonderry, N. H. / Aged 117 years. / Taken Nov. 5, 1867."

Reported as "The Oldest Person in New Hampshire," the year of Flora Stewart's (circa 1750-1868) birth is not certain, but likely around 1750. It is known that she was enslaved at birth with some accounts reporting that she was emancipated by 1810 when she was 60, whereafter she came to live in Londonderry. Again, reports vary, but she was reputed to have lived to either 118 or 120 years old when she died in 1868. Her remarkable longevity, especially for a person who survived the enormous physical toll of enslavement, was noteworthy that "a few years before she passed away she was brought to Manchester by John D. Patterson of that place and a photograph was taken of her form and features." (Moore et al, History of the Town of Candia, Rockingham County, N.H., 1893). 



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