05 November 2015

On This Day: Centenarian hermit found dead

Margaret Dempsey, a New York centenarian, was found dead in her hut On This Day in 1880. Dempsey was found in her hut by a hunting party. The hut is located in the mountains near Ellenville, Ulster County, NY.  

Her story is indeed a sad one. As a girl, she ran away from home to marry Mr. Dempsey, who soon after deserted her. She is believed to have died, at the age of 111, from hunger. 

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 5 November 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.