How old was Mary when she died?

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From the close up of her gravestone, how old was Mary when she died?

Various secondary records seem to be all over the place. The local historical society said 72, which makes no sense if she was married in 1800. So far there seem to be children born in 1801 and 1802. My next step will be to search for records for her children.

Thanks for the inputs.

Jokes about the meaning of the universe are welcome ;)
WikiTree profile: Mary Woodworth
asked in Genealogy Help by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (199k points)

2 Answers

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My opinion is that her stone reads "Aged 42 years."
answered by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (160k points)
Thanks. I agree. Will work on her children’s birthdates to confirm
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It appears to clearly be June 30, 1822 on your closeup, plus I looked at the one on Find a Grave that also appears to be Jun 30, 1822 ... in fact, that's the date given on the Find a Grave memorial (although we don't normally give much credence to what they enter there).

I don't see anything on the gravestone indicating her age, but I have to wonder what hat the historical society pulled age 72 out of.
answered by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (566k points)
Look at the second image on Mary's profile, Gaile. It is a closeup of the bottom of her stone.
Bottom line on gravestone aged x2 years. When I talked to the lady at the historical society she insisted it was 72 because that is what their survey said. Didn’t make sense to me if she had children in 1801 and 1802 that she was born in 1750. It gets more interesting. One DAR record says she was married in 1800. Another DAR record has her born 1772, married 1788, died 1824.

Interestingly she was the 3rd person buried in this cemetery. Her daughter, along with the daughter’s husband and many of their children are buried next to her and someone probably the husband’s brother on the other side of her.
OK - THANX, Lindy and Kay for the push.  I had been looking at the second image, but even then my geriatric eyes had not attempted to decipher the bottom line until you both pushed me by identifying that location.  I have to agree about the 42, although I never would have gotten the "aged" and "years" without the power of suggestion.  That first digit is DEFINITELY a 4 to me, though, and I don't see any way for it to be confused with any other number.

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