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Aged 115 years
James Preston, the oldest Jerseyman, Dies of old age
From the New York Mail and ExpressThe oldest man in the State of New Jersey, died at Browntown, near Keyport, on Sunday night last. His name was James Preston, and he retained his faculties until the last. he was born December 20th, 1772, and was therefore 115 years and 5 months old. The latter years of Preston's life have been most remarkable. He managed a farm of over 100 acres with all the vim of a youth of 65. he was in the habit of walking daily all over his place and seeing that the bushes were kept trimmed and the fences in good order. When he was 100 years old he walked from South Amboy to his home, about eight miles, in about two hours time. Two years ago he cut a cord of wood in a day just to show what he could do.
Preston was a full-blooded Scotchman. he came to this country ninety years ago with his parents and after living in New York and Philadelphia, settled near Keyport when he was fifty. he married before he was twenty-five, and one of his daughters is about eighty years old. He had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. In the civil war he had fighting for the Stars and Stripes a child and a grandchild, and wanted to go to the front himself, but was prevented by the objections of his relatives. he was very patriotic, and much interested in the question of home rule for Ireland. In politics he was a Republican, and he never missed an election since he became a citizen years ago. before going to bed he always took a drink of whiskey, and never knew a sick day in his life. He died of old age.
Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, May 25, 1887