Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Margaret Tilly McElroy celebrates 98th birthday

February 13, 1913 / Mrs. M'Elroy Celebrates Her Ninety-Eighth Birthday
Norcross, Ga., February 13-(Special.)

Descendants of the fourth generation were gathered yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Estes, Clarkston, to celebrate the ninety-eighth birthday of Mrs. Margaret McElroy and to hope that she will pass the century mark as hale and hearty as she is at the present time. Mrs. McElroy was Miss Tilly, of Pendleton, S.C., born February 12, 1815. She came to Georgia with her parents when only 11 years old and lived in DeKalb county, where she joined the Methodist church, now known as Prospect church, where her husband, William McElroy, was buried during the war. She has been a member of the same church for eighty-seven years and is regarded as the oldest Methodist in the south. Among those present at the dinner were: S. T. and J. E. McElroy and Mrs. Nath Lankford, children; Mrs. E. M. Matthews, Mrs. Press Huddleston, Atlanta; Mrs. Wade Born, McRae; Mrs. John Cobb, Jacksonville, Fla.; W. M. Lewel, L. and Newt T. McElroy, Norcross, W. C. Lankford, Powersville; Mrs. F. B. Nesbitt, Norcross; Mrs. Candler White, Americus; Mrs. E. P. Collingworth and Mrs. T. O. Estes, Clarkston, Ga.; Mrs. Margaret McElroy, grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

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