Christopher Mann

Christopher Mann

Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jul 1885 (aged 110)
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Plot Div 1, Sec 3, Bl 20, Lot 1, Sp 4
Memorial ID 29714313 View Source
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Incidents In the Life of One of the Oldest
Men In the Country.

The funeral of Christopher Mann, the centenarian, who died at Independence [Missouri], Saturday in the lllth year of his age, took place yesterday morning, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The death of the remarkable old man calls to mind many incidents in the history of a life that had its beginning before the birth of the republic. He was born in Virginia, Sept. 15, 1774. Two years latter his father emigrated to Kentucky, and in 1798, at the age of 24, Christopher removed to Ohio, where he afterward married Miss Bessie Lusk. Leaving Ohio he moved to Indiana, and in 1838 he came to Missouri, taking up his residence in Jasper county. In 1843 he moved to Jackson county, where he continued to reside up to his death. Seventeen children were the fruit of his first marriage and nine of the second, which occurred in 1848. Of this numerous progeny fifteen survive, as does also his second wife. His oldest child is a son, 83 years of age, who resides in Portland, Oregon. The youngest is Lydia Auora, a beautiful girl of 17, who is the only unmarried child. His lineal descendants include fifteen living children, forty-two grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild. It had been his custom for several years past to celebrate each anniversary of his birth by a family reunion, and although at no time have all of his descendants been assembled yet on these occasions his little house was scarcely able to accommodate the throng that flocked from all parts of Missouri, in which state nearly all of his children reside.

Like other centenarians, "Uncle Chris," as he was called, had a fund of interesting anecdotes of the early history of this country and of the men who made its history what it is. He retained a vivid recollection of the incidents of the three wars since the Revolution, as he did of most of the important political events which have taken place within the past century. His acquaintance included Dick Johnson, President Harrison, Thomas Benton, Daniel Boone, and other personages of historic note, and the family reunions were the occasions when he most delighted to tell of the great men he had known. Although extremely deaf, he could speak distinctly up to the time of his death, and he never failed to regale a listener with incidents of his life. A circumstance over which Gen. Harrison had no control prejudiced Mr. Maun against the future president, and although he voted for him, as he did for every president since John Adams except two, when he voted for the wrong men, he never liked him. It was when he was passing through Indiana that the incident referred to occurred. He stopped one night at a tavern kept by Gen. Harrison. The house was crowded and he was compelled to sleep on the floor, for which accommodation he was charged full rate, "Never since then," he observed, "have I liked 'Bill Harrison." He was a good lighter, though, and he did whip old Tecumseh powerful bad at the battle of Tippecanoe." Mr. Mann was a constant user of tobacco. He had been habituated to the use of liquor since his boyhood, although he claimed that he had never been under its influence. It was his boast that he had never been worsted in a personal encounter, and to judge from his appearance as an old man it was no ideal boast. He was over six feet in height, of a powerful frame, and retained the use of his limbs to the last. Until within a few years ago he was in the habit of walking four or five miles each day, always carrying himself erect, and would never ride when he could walk. A singular fact in his history was that his eyesight never became impaired, and he never knew the need of spectacles. His death removes one of the most remarkable personages in Jackson county, and it is probable that there is no one in the United States whose longevity exceeds his. – Kansas City Times.

*Published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa, September 11, 1885.