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Jenkins, Henry [called the Modern Methuselah]

Gordon Goodwin

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Jenkins, Henry [called the Modern Methuselah] (d. 1670), claimant to extreme old age, was a native of Ellerton upon Swale, Yorkshire. He subsisted as a labourer and fisherman. Latterly he gained a livelihood by begging, and to attract attention regaled his patrons with anecdotes of his younger days. He claimed to have been born about 1501 and to have been sent at the time of the battle of ...

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