Daniel F. Bakeman

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Daniel Frederick Bakeman
Daniel Frederick Bakeman portrait with text.jpg
Born (1759-10-09)October 9, 1759 Schoharie County, New York
Died April 5, 1869(1869-04-05) (aged 109)
Buried at Sandusky Cemetery, Freedom, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Continental Army
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Relations 8 children
Other work Farmer

Daniel Frederick Bakeman (October 9, 1759 – April 5, 1869) was the last survivor receiving a veteran's pension for service in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).


Bakeman said he was be born on October 9, 1759 in Schoharie County, New York and that at the age of twelve he married Susan Brewer of New Jersey (who was fourteen and a half) on August 29, 1772. Their marriage, at 91 years and 12 days, is the longest claimed on record and also the only marriage to have exceeded 90 years. Together they had eight children: Phillip, Richard, Christopher, Betsey, Margaret, Susan (born 1804), Mary and Christine. His wife died on September 10, 1863 at the age of one hundred and five years.

Records have shown that in 1825 the Bakemans settled in Arcade, New York, in a home on the north side of the County Line Road. In 1845 they moved to Freedom, New York. He appears in the 1860 United States Census as "Frederick Bakeman" living in Freedom with his wife and his daughter, Susan, and a grandchild, Jacob N. Bakeman (born 1838). He lists his birth year as 1758 and that of his wife as 1760.[1] While on a four day trip from central New York to Albany, New York for wheat and other supplies, Bakeman's home burned down with nothing salvageable. This would occur two more times in his life.[citation needed]

On February 14, 1867, the United States Congress passed a special act which granted a Revolutionary War pension to Bakeman. The act was required because Bakeman could not prove that he had served in New York.[citation needed] At the time, the longest surviving veterans who were on the pension rolls were Lemuel Cook of Clarendon, New York (died May 20, 1866), and Samuel Downing of Edinburgh, New York (died February 19, 1867).[2] They resided for over 42 years in Herkimer County, New York, and part of the time in the town of Stark, New York where he owned a farm. George Fruits also claimed to be the last surviving veteran of the Revolutionary War (by the Daughters of the American Revolution), but was never on the pension rolls.

Bakeman died six months before his 110th birthday on April 5, 1869 and is buried in Sandusky Cemetery in Freedom, New York. The Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Pensions for 1874 said: "With the death of Daniel T. Bakeman, of Freedom, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., April 5, 1869, the last of the pensioned soldiers of the Revolution passed away."[3]

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  1. ^ "Bakeman in the 1860 United States Census". 1860. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  2. ^ Reverend E.B. Hillard, The Last Men of the Revolution (1864), republished 1968 with additional notes by Wendell Garrett.
  3. ^ Francis Bernard Heitman (1892). Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 978-0-8063-0176-1. 

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