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From: Brenda Jerome <>
Subject: 103rd Birthday - Granny Dunn - Livingston Co, KY
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 08:02:17 -0600


Livingston Ledger Thursday, 10 Sep 1942

A celebration will be held Sunday to mark the 103rd birthday of
"Granny" Dunn, who lives with her son, Sam H. Cooley in the
Scotts Chapel neighborhood. She was born 103 years ago today
(Thursday) near Waverly, Tenn. "Granny" is still in good health
and expectes to beat her father's record of 105 years of life.

She has been married four times and has five children, 17
grand children, and three great-grandchildren.

She was born Emily McDonald and shortly after the Civil War -
which she remembers vividly - she married Jeff Carter. She has
been married three times since then: to James Cooley in 1876;
to John Dunn in 1887 and to Will Dunn in 1922. Her last two
husbands were brothers and both had been Union soldiers. All four
husbands are now dead.

A story about "Granny" appeared in the magazine section of the
Sunday Courier-Journal, written by G.T. Wilson of Smithland. The
last paragraph of Mr. Wilson's story follows:

"Up until about three years ago, "Granny" would walk as far as
two miles to visit, but now she's quit that. She has stopped bending
over to touch her fingers to the floor while keeping her knees
straight too. But she still doesn't want anyone to take her arm
when she walks."

Brenda Joyce Jerome, CGRS

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