1900's Centenarians Reflect on 1800s

He was born 104 years ago. He served as a slave for J.M.C. Montgomery, on whose plantation he was born. At one time his master refused an offer of $3,500 for him. Montgomery was for many years a porter in Atlanta. He is well read, having in the course of his life acquired much information. He is a preacher, and is famed among those of his race for his power as an exhorter.

Nicholas McQuillan, of Southold, L.I., will be 103 years old on New Year’s Day. His friends are making preparations to give a birthday celebration in his honor. McQuillan lives with his nephew, Joseph H. Thompson, and next door to Mr. Thompson’s house lives Mrs. Jane Thompson, McQuillan’s sister, who is 90 years old. When McQuillan reached the century mark his friends gave him a birthday celebration. During the festivities he and his sister astonished the guests by dancing a reel in a very lively fashion. Mr. McQuillan is exceedingly strong, considering his age.

He is never ill. He is as lively as a man of 25, and his eyesight is exceptionally good. His memory is good, and the only indication of great age about him is the stoop of his shoulders. McQuillan is a native of Drogheda, in the north of Ireland. He came to this country in 1864 with his wife, Bridget, who is now dead. They settled in Greenpoint, L.I., where he engaged in weaving. He prospered, and in 1880 he retired and placed the business in the hands of his son Lawrence.

Has Daughter of 71

Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. McQuillan. Nine of them were alive and grown up in 1864, when McQuillan came to this country. Only four of them are now living. They are Jane McQuillan, of Middletown, N.Y.; James McQuillan, of New York City; Lawrence McQuillan, of New London, Conn.; and Mrs. Dennis Mullin, of Bridgeport, Conn. Mrs. Mullin, the oldest, is 71 years of age.

Mrs. Sarah Allen, one of New Jersey’s centenarians, lives at 523 Van Vorst Place, Union Hill. She is looking forward to watching out the old year and the old century. She was yesterday suffering from a slight cold. She was born in Londonderry, Ireland, on January 1, 1800. She came to the United States with her husband 54 years ago. She lived for 39 years in this city [New York]. She lives with her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Summerville. Mrs. Allen attributes her good health to an abundant diet and plenty of sleep. She has been blind for three years. Her other faculties are still clear, however, and she delights to tell her reminiscences to her friends and neighbors.

Mrs. Sarah Bartow was reported yesterday from New Brunswick, N.J., to be in good health. She was born in New Jersey on May 1, 1796. Mrs. Bartow comes of a long lived family. Her mother, Mrs. Hoitwrack, lived to the age of 110 years, and her grandmother died at the age of 107 years. Mrs. Bartow in her girlhood was a waitress in the Whitehall Hotel, in New Brunswick, where the Marquis de Lafayette was once entertained at a banquet by the citizens. She tells with much pride that she shook hands with the Marquis. She has 13 children, 20 grandchildren, 52 great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

George Wray, who lives in a remote part of Brown County, Indiana, is still alive, as far as inquiries made yesterday could determine. He was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1796. He obtained a divorce from his third wife on the ground of incompatibility of temper. He spent half his life as a sailor, and most of the rest of it as a farmer.

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