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Henry Jenkins (1501? - 6/9 Dec 1670) was an English longevity myth who claimed to have lived to the age of 169.

Biography

Henry Jenkins claimed to have been born in 1501 in England in Bolton-on-Swale, he was described as "a very old and poor man" because he lived a very simple life working as a fisherman during his youth and begging in his old age. When asked what wars he remembered during his long life, he said he witnessed the Battle of Flodden Field and had the important task of bringing arrows to the English archers.

Memorials

After his death on 6 or 9 December 1670 there were many monuments and written sources regarding his age, including the commemorative plaque with his name engraved, a portrait and a memorial.

Pictures

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References

  • The famous British long-livers Validation of Exceptional Longevity, Age Validation of Centenarians in the Luxdorph Gallery by L.-L. B. Petersen and B. Jeune
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