from The Webster Times, Jan 17, 1890(Volume XXXI #47),
| Mrs. Hannah Amidon Aged 96
One of the oldest persons in southern Worcester County is Mrs.Hannah Amidon, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Waldo Healy, on a pleasant farm nestled among the hills of Dudley, not over two and one half miles from Webster. She was born in Dudley, May 13th, 1794 and is nearly 96 years old. She was born on the old Larned homestead,now owned by Erastus Alton; on the Webster and Dudley turnpike, and was the daughter of Capt. Thomas Larned.
Mrs. Amidon, for one who has rounded out nearly 100 years, enjoys fair health.
Up one flight of stairs in the south-west room, where the sun sends its warmth and gives good cheer to all is “her” room, where for 18 ˝ years she has passed her time pleasantly. She sits up only four hours a day, but can walk up and down stairs unassisted; her eyesight is good, but she is slightly deaf. She has not, however dressed or undressed herself alone for a year. Her appetite is good. She has the best of care, and prefers to sit most of the time in her own room, where, as she says, she can see her “ own things” which she kept house with 75 years ago. Her great comfort up to within ten years was in reading. She kept thoroughly informed in all important events of this and foreign countries, and when she was 75 years of age” she was a book of reference” as to events, date, incidents,ect, and now talks of happenings when she was a mere child.
She was one of the most loyal hearted of woman during the civil war, and sent two sons into the army, Isaac L.Amidon, Company G,51st Massachusetts Regiment, and William H. Amidon Company E 15th Massachusetts Regiment, both of them saw good service and came home without loss of limb. She is an ardent Republican.
She lived at the old homestead untill she was 27 years of age, when she was married to Rufus Amidon at the Larned homestead, May 24th, 1821, by Rev. Abiel Williams. The ceremony was for that time an elaborate affair. Her Wedding dress was a pink flowered China silk, very pretty and durable, trimmed with silk and white silk ribbons. The material came from China and the dress was made at Providence R. I. She gave the writer a piece of her wedding dress, also a knitted face cloth, very fine and evenly made, one of many she makes to occupy her time. She lived with her husband 50 years lacking three months. He died March 17th,1871.
Her father died at 86 years of age: her mother died at 99. She had two brothers and two sisters. Morris Larned lived to be 90 years old: William Larned died at 75: Dolly Larned Leavens at 89: Eliza Larned Barnes at 69.
Mrs Amidon has four children living. Mrs. Mary L. Healy, of Dudley. Isaac L Amidon of Spencer. Thomas Morris Amidon of Webster and William H. Amidon of Charlton.
Mrs Amidon became a widow nearly 19 years ago. The couple were then living in Webster, where for nearly 50 years they had resided. The father of Mrs. Amidon Capt. Thomas Larned served in the revolutionary army for six years, going in the place of an older brotherwho was in feeble health.Her father was of powerful physique, six feet four inches tall, only 17 years of age when he took his brothers place in the army.
On account of his commanding figure he was detailed as one of Gen. Layfayette’s body guard. After the war, when the General visited the United States, and when at Worcester, Capt. Larned called upon him, and in extending his hand said “ General do you remember me” Lafayette replied “ Oh Yes” and held a brief talk , refering to the time when a spirited horse of his escaped from the stable and Capt. Larned caught it and came to headquarters for thanks for the work. The Capt.used to whistle the reveille for the boys to get up and answer to roll call.
Mrs Amidon, with much ferver, related an account of a murder that took place in the old Stone house next to her home, within a dozen rods, about 1826, and long since forgotten by the public.
She has nine grand-children and four great-grand children living. She has been all through her long lifea most earnest worker in the Universalist Church, having united with the Webster church in 1865, and has lived a consistent Christian life.