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 Lemuel Cook

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Lemuel Cook

  • Birth 10 Sep 1759 Plymouth, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 20 May 1866 Clarendon, Orleans County, New York, USA
  • Burial Clarendon, Orleans County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 18755968

Veteran of the American Revolution, oldest survivor at the time of his death at 106 years, and candidate for consideration as the last surviving veteran of the conflict. Cook was also one of eleven select few survivors to have his documented image preserved through photographic means. His Revolutionary War service is proved through original pension roll documentation. At the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the Continental Army and fought in the Virginia Campaign against Cornwallis. He served as a Private in the 2nd Light Dragoons Connecticut Regiment. On June 12, 1784, he received an Honorable Discharge which was signed by George Washington. Daniel F. Bakeman of Freedom, New York, who died in 1869 at the alleged age of 109 years, is often referred to as the last survivor of the war. However, his name was placed on the pension rolls after the conflict in 1867 by an act of the 39th United States Congress and subsequently his status is recognized by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. Bakeman's case, however, lacked verification of his birth and any existing state or National Archives record of his New York service to which he claimed. Additionally, there was no record of testimony prior to the passage of the Congressional Bill regarding Bakeman's alleged service. The sources of the above information was from the Chemistry Daily Encyclopedia at www.chemistrydaily.com; Wikipedia at www.wikipedia.org; the article "The Men Surrounding Washington" from dewinthouse.com;
digitalbookindex.com; and http://www.burrcook.com/history/lemuel.htm


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  • Created by: Steven Corley
  • Added: 3 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18755968
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lemuel Cook (10 Sep 1759–20 May 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18755968, citing Root Cemetery, Clarendon, Orleans County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Steven Corley (contributor 46864513) .