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Subject: Lucy Brown - died allegedly at 120 years old Oct 1924
Date: Monday, July 10, 2006
The article posted below is the only time Lucy Brown's husband was referred to as "Mono Tom" Brown except for people who have since erroneously repeated that phrase from the United Press article that appeared in the Modesto Bee. Lucy was thought to be the oldest person alive at the time and there were numerous articles across the nation published about her death.
The journalist was obviously sloppy and inaccurate in his reporting. Lucy Brown did not die of a heart attack as he reports. If he had verified his facts he would have found out she died after suffering from a cold for a few days. I have a three page report from her Doctor. Below is an abbreviated account of her death certificate and the coroner's report.
While it says Pete Hilliard was her grandson, he was in fact only such through marriage not bloodline. Lucy had 2 sons that died young and one daughter - all from a prior marriage. Bill Brown had 2 children from a prior marriage.
Any decendants of this family can contact me directly.
Mariposa County Bk 2 page 48
Yosemite National Park
Mrs. Lucy Brown (Indian) dod Oct 1924
sex: female marital status: widowed bp: unknown
age: relatives say 120 yrs old
occ: in house*
spouse: Bill Brown
father: unknown bp: unk
mother: " " bp: "
length of res: 120 yr est. in CA estimate
informant: Pete Hilliard (grandson) age 54yr
I hereby certify as to the person .................that on
Oct 20, 1924 ........that I have investigated the death
officially on account of
(written over top of preprinted statement and is not
cause: Death due to natural causes on account of old age and
contraction of a cold.
physician: Dr. Elanda M. Churse(?) autopsy surgeon
Oct 21, 1924 Mariposa
pl of burial Yos Valley Ca, Oct 21, 1924
undertaker: US Gov Yosemite, CA