Daniel Fredrick Bakeman

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on April 5th 1869, Daniel Fredrick Bakeman, was the last surviving solider of the U.S. Revolutionary War, who had died at the age of 109.

Maybe it’s just me but I find it remarkable when someone can live up to 100 years old, which is why I wanted to write this story, about Daniel Bakeman.

Bakeman died six months before his 110th birthday on April 5, 1869 and is buried in Sandusky Cemetery in Freedom, New York.

According to family tradition Daniel Frederick Bakeman was born of Dutch ancestry about 1760 near the Delaware River in New Jersey. The exact place and names of his parents are not known.

Mr. Bakeman entered the service when he was about seventeen years of age and served as a Private during the last four years of the war. In 1867 he made application for a pension.

It is said that he voted at every presidential election from the founding of the government, casting his first vote for General Washington and his last for General Grant. Mr. Bakeman never grew too old to enjoy a joke.

According to the “Wyoming County Mirror” July 1859 the statement was made that “At Arcade during the 4th of July observance, Mr. W. H. Wilson introduced Daniel Bakeman and wife respectively 100 and 102 years old, both having lived before the Revolution and seen every fourth of July celebrated so far.

Here’s to Daniel Fredrick Bakeman, for living a long and health life!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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