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From: "Dwayne Wrightsman" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Can a 98 year-old ride a horse?
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 18:49:12 -0400
Yes, the consensus seems to be that Jacob Black did ride a horse in his 90s,
whether, as you put it, in spite of or because of the daily toils of pioneer
life. My own father kept taking his annual driver's license test through
age 95. The year that he turned 96, he decided not to take the test and
died nine months later. Driving is not as taxing as riding a horse, but my
dad did keep on climbing a ladder and pruning his apple trees with a chain
saw well into his 80s. My wife's grandmother was still mowing her
over-one-acre yard by hand when she was 95.
On Behalf Of karen bagford
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 4:34 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] Can a 98 year-old ride a horse?
I know that at first, it does seem astounding, but one of the deepest
impressions I've formed since beginning the study of my ancestors, (a
predominant number of whom were Brethren or Mennonite) is that in spite of
the daily toils of pioneer life (or maybe because of same), they had
an amazing longevity, many of them living productively into their 90's.
The consensus seems to be that yes, Jacob Black did indeed ride a horse when
somewhere in his nineties.
--- On Sun, 7/12/09, Dwayne Wrightsman <> wrote:
From: Dwayne Wrightsman <>
Subject: [BRE] Can a 98 year-old ride a horse?
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009, 5:35 PM
According to Brethren Historian, Donald Durnbaugh, writing in the Brethren
Encyclopedia, 1983, p. 1299, Jacob Black (of the Uwharrie Brethren
Settlement in North Carolina) died in 1816 and may have been the last member
of the settlement.
If this is the same Jacob Black who (1) was born in 1718 in Webenheim, (2)
was baptized by Elder Michael Frantz at Conestoga in 1739, (3) and moved
with the Fouts, Hoover, Varner, and Mast families from Pipe Creek in
Maryland to the Uwharrie River in North Carolina in 1762-1763, he would have
been 98 years old when he died.
Even more incredible, I have located a Coroner's Report (see below) from
Randolph County (through which the Uwharrie flows) saying that Jacob Black
died 24, November, 1816, from falling off his horse!!!! Members of the
coroner's inquest jury included Jacob Fouts, Daniel Merrill, Andrew Fouts
Sr., John Varner, and Z. C. Merrill, all descendants and/or relatives of the
"Brethren" group that settled on the waters of the Uwharrie in 1763.
Can a 98 year-old Brethren ride a horse? Do I have the wrong Jacob Black?
Did Jacob Black (b.1718) have a son with the same name who fell off a horse?
I think Donald Durnbaugh got his information from John Scott Davenport's
unpublished manuscript "Bearded Believers" (1976). Do any of you have a
copy of this manuscript?
JACOB BLACK FOUND DEAD
State of North CArolina) To Zaza Co MERRELL for the want of a
Randolph County ) lawfull officer.
Whereas Information hath been made to me Alexander GRAY one of the Justices
of said County (the Corroner being absent) that Jacob BLACK a Citizen of
Rowan was this day found dead on the road. These are therefore to Command
you to summon twenty four free holders of the County of Randolph aforesaid
as a Jury of inquest to meet by 10 o'clock in the morning of the 25th
Instant to view the body of him the said Jacob & ascertain how he came by
his death. Herein fail not given under my hand & seal this 24th. November
(Signed) Alexr. GRAY
for Shubal GARDNER,
Solonon K. GOODMAN Benjamin WAY
Jacob FOUTS James ADCOCK
Dan MERRILL John HILL
Thomas WALKER John HAWKINS
Abraham BOLULUA Henry YOUNG
Thomas TUCKER Andrew FOUTS, Senr.
Adam WHISENHUNT Jacob BRILES
Amos TUCKER John VARNER
Solomon TUCKER Benjamin RUSH
Thomas ANDREW John RAY
Benjamin WRIGHT John BYERLY
Michael FOX William HOGAN
Executed on the aforenamed freeholders.
(Signed) ZC MERRELL
Inquisition ordered taken at a house on the lands of the Estate
of Jacob VARNER, Deceased, in the County aforesaid the 25th day of
November A.Dom. 1816 before me Alexander GRAY acting for Shubal
GARDNER Coroner of said County upon view of the Body of Jacob BLACK,
Sr., Late of Rowan County & state aforesaid then & there lying dead
upon the Oath of William HOGAN, John WRAY, Benjamin RUSH, Abraham
BOLABA, Thomas TUCKER, Thomas ANDREWS, Benjamin WAY, Jacob BROILS,
John HILL, Jacob FOUTS, Michael FOX & James ADCOCK good and lawfull
men of the County aforesaid who being charged & sworn to inquire how
& in what manner the said Jacob BLACK by his death came upon their oaths do
say that on the 24th day of November 1816 near the place aforesaid the said
Jacob BLACK was accidentally killed by a fall from his horse and that an
examination of the effects found with him there was one mare, his saddle &
saddle bags containing some Corn & in his pockets one pocket Book containing
seventeen Dollars in Money* 1 pair of Spectacles & one knife.
In Testimony whereof as well I the said Alexander GRAY for the
Coroner aforesaid, and the Jurors to this Inquisition have severally
put our hands & Seals the day, &ear & place above mentioned.