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Death of the Oldest Gipsy.

Dayton, Ohio, August 31st.

Aunt Mary Smith, the veteran gipsy» died at her home in Harrison township on Wednesday, aged 112 years. Aunt Mary was a native of England, and was one of

the first born of gipsy parentage in that part of the British Isles. She came to this country with her son-in-law, Thomas Geffrey, about seventeen years ago, he having returned to England for her. She travelled in the South for about eight years with her tribe, when from want of physical strength she was obliged t G retire from the road, and for about nine years she has resided here and in the vicinity. Aunt Mary was quite an intelligent woman. She was the mother of Amelia Geffrey, wife of “ Gipsy Tom,” who was, without question, the most intelligent and most cultured gipsy in this country, and who, with, her husband, died on their farm in this vicinity a couple of years ago, within a few hours of each other. Her funeral was observed with great ceremony. Aunt Mary was related to the Stanleys both by blood and by marriage. Levi, the old chief of the tribe, who some years ago deceased, was her son-in-law. She was a woman of great physical strength when in her prime and she had great mental force. Her funeral was celebrated this afternoon, and her remains were interred in the lot of the Stanley tribe, in Woodland Cemetery. The tribe being scattered in different parts of the country, only those who were in this vicinity were present. —Dispatch of “ Cincinnati Gazette.”

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Death of the Oldest Gipsy., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 17, 4 November 1879

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Death of the Oldest Gipsy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 17, 4 November 1879

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