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From the Dayton Ohio Journal Aug 1st 1879
A funeral of unusual character took place at woodland cemetery yesterday It was that of an ld gypsy woman AUNT MARY SMITH the body was interred in the gypsy lot near that which the Gypsy Queen was buired Sunday about a year ago when such an inmense crowd assisted in the services Aunt Mary was not so well known as a gypsy Queen but among her people she was hardly a less important personage She was the OLD WOMAN of the tribe and it is claimed was in her 112 year all the old customs of the peculiar race were carried by her She was born in England and was the mother of Amelia Jeffery who owned the Jeffery farm at WAGGONERS BRIDGE north of the city and who was known as the best educated gypsy in the country The old lady came to this country 20 years ago being brought here by her son in law Her Health was good and for many years she accompanied the tribe on its periodical trips to and return from the south For the last 2 years however she has being confined in a large wheelchair She was the mother of 21 children Her death was the result of feebleness ensuing from old age
Published August 3rd 1879
There was a noteable gypsy funeral in Dayton OHIO on tuesday the bodies of the 16 year old wife of BUSHY STANLEY a 3 year old son of LEVI STANLEY whose death occurred in Bolivar county mississsipi 2 weeks before Christmas and CHARLOTTE STANLEY who died 7 years ago being all interred in the same grave
The attendence was quite large, tent dwellers having come from all parts of the Country from NEW YORK to MISSISSIPI to be present at the funeral of one of the Gypsy families to whom by common consent the prerogatives of royalty have been conceded although unclaimed by any right.
PUBLISHED April 22nd 1882
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