Tombstone Tuesday: Christopher Mann (1774-1885)

TombstoneTuesday   I came across this interesting person recently while researching the two-part series on Chedorlaomer “Lomer” Griffin (Part One, Part Two), who for many years was believed to have been born in 1759 when in fact he was born in 1772.  At the time of his death he was actually one hundred and six years old.  Lomer’s obituary was published in 1878 around the country and several mentioned another centenarian, Christopher Mann of Independence, Missouri, who at the time was well over one hundred years old.

Christopher Mann was born on September 15, 1774 in Virginia, within a few miles of George Washington’s homestead, to parents Jonas and Agnes (Williams) Mann.  Jonas, born in New Jersey and one of thirteen children, was the grandson of German immigrants.

This article was published in the July 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  Preview the issue here or purchase here.

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