- Published: 01 August 2016 01 August 2016
Worthy of support - The Ipswich Journal, 20 September 1845:
A PATRIARCH.-John Matthews, aged 114, residing in the parish of Llandilo-Talybout, together with his daughter, applied for relief, for the first time, at a meeting of our board of guardians, held yesterday. He was formerly a farmer and cattle-drover, but for the last 30 years had been supported by his children. An order was made for 6 shillings a week.- Cambrian.
NOTE: On the 1841 census for an address in Llandilo-Talybout, Swansea, John Matthews aged 100, living on independent means, is in a household headed by John Jones, farmer. Note that on 1841 census entry the age of persons over 15 was supposed to be rounded down to the nearest multiple of 5, but this still doesn't explain age discrepancy because if he really had turned 114 in 1845, his age should have been given as 110 in 1841.