Samuel Shepherd: the 125-year-old Man —
Samuel "Old Uncle Sam" Shepherd had a hard but interesting life
. He was a slave who managed to buy his freedom, and lived on until 1909. But it's his birthdate that generates more interest than the date of his death.
His grave marker
in Oak Hill Cemetery (Lawrence, Kansas) lists his birthdate as 1784. This would make him 125 years old when he died. If true, he would potentially be the oldest person ever to have lived.
According to wikipedia
, Jeanne Calment of France holds the record…