Death of the oldest man in the United States from Co. Cavan

James M’CORMACK, who was without a doubt, the oldest man in the United
States, died in Newburg, N.Y., on the 11 Nov. at the good old age of
114 years, 3 months and 5 days. He was as remarkable for health and
strength, as for longevity, and his life was an excellent temperance
argument. He was born Aug. 6,1751, in the county of Cavan, Ireland.
His age was accurately fixed by the fact that in the Irish Rebellion
of 1798, when ages became as important there, as they were here during
the recent draft, was then 47 years old. In his youth he was not
remarkable for anything, except health and strength. He was a very
early riser, often going to his work before daybreak. He would work
all day, and coming home night very tired, naturally sought his bed
early. When a young man, he lifted, on one occasion, a stone weighing
700 pounds. He was also quite a pedestrian in his younger days. On one
occasion, he walked to Dublin from a place 52 miles from it, and the
next day he walked back to the place, in less than 13 hours. “If there
was a fair," said he once, "within 80 miles, I went to it; for you
know, walking was a way we had of sailing in those days." He was not
married until he was 45 years old. He was the father of 14 children, 5
of whom died in Ireland, and the other 9 came over to this country. He
was among the last to come over, and arrived in this country in the
latter part of 1816, and, with the exception of 3 years spent out
West, he has always lived at New Windsor. -New York Tablet

transcribed by Teena from the Derry Journal 20 Dec. 1865

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