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Jeffrey Wilson

Birth
Boone County, West Virginia, USA
Death 1 Aug 1887 (aged 113–114)
Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio, USA
Burial Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 62711430 · View Source
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The Urbana Daily Citizen
August 18, 1887
Jeffrey Wilson, colored, was born in Boone Co, VA, about 1773, died in Mechanicsburg 1st August, 1887. He remembered the fact of Washington being president, he being at the time a youth of about 12 years and a teamster for his master. He repeatedly asserted that his age was over that of a hundred years though above this he could not tell, but his statements left to his children at different times fixes his age to have been a few months past 114 years. He was a slave from his birth to the close of the Civil War, a period which is a remarkable one for human bondage of about 92 years. After his freedom, he came to Ohio to live his remaining days with his children who had also just been freed from bondage. By his first wife, he became the father of 8 children, 3 of whom are living; the eldest being 87 years and the youngest 79 years. By his second wife, 9 children, 6 of whom are living, the eldest being 58 years and the youngest 41 years. His remarkable longevity is attributed to the fact that in his veins flowed the blood of three races - white, negro and indian. The last four years of his life were spent in this place with his daughter, Mrs Mary Clarkson, who has cared for him. His aged second wife survives him at the age of 80 years. Buried Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.


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  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62711430
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeffrey Wilson (1773–1 Aug 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62711430, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by America (contributor 46915944) .