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I'm thinking it's Thomas A Edison.
I think you are correct, GG
Lemuel Cook, the last survivor of the American Revolution.
Yup that's Lemuel Cook. I knew nothing about him so I checked it out. Last surviving vetran from the revolutionary war. Died at the age of 106 in 1866. George Washington signed his honorable discharge in 1784. Now that there is an old timer!
I find his final will interesting in that he gave his sons $100 to $400 apiece and each of his two daughters just $10 apiece. He even left $40 to his grandson. He did provide for his widow, so long as she remained his widow...and everything else was to be divided equally between all his offspring.This male centric attitude has persisted down through the years even to my in-laws. they will gift their grandsons, and sons, but not so much the granddaughters. (They have husbands to care for them - is one rationale I have heard.)I find it somewhat archaic ... but ...
Wow! He certainly qualifies as an old codger!
I knew a descendant of Lemuel, a friend of mine by the name of Roger Cook. He died a few years ago at the age of 102. Must be something in the family genes.