Skip to comments.New England man had oldest birth date ever to be photographed
Posted on 05/30/2014 4:00:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Conrad Heyer crossed the Delaware with Washington... was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed, He was the earliest born man in history to have been photographed. Heyer crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1776.
Conrad Heyer was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed, He was the earliest born man in history to have been photographed. Heyer crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1776.
New Englander Conrad Heyer was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed.
According to the Maine Historical Society, Heyer may be the earliest born human being ever photographed. He is also the only U.S. veteran to be photographed who crossed the Delaware River alongside George Washington in December 1776.
This only photograph of Heyer, which was taken roughly around 1852 (but not the earliest photograph taken), is a significant discovery.
Heyer appears to have been the first white child born in Waldoboro, Maine, which was then a German immigrant community.
Heyer served in the Continental Army under Washington during the Revolutionary War; he crossed the Delaware with the first president and fought in several major battles.
Records indicate that Heyer saw George Washington, the 'Father of Our Country', with his own eyes.
(Excerpt) Read more at newmarketpressvt.com ...
Meet Conrad Heyer, Born 1749: The Earliest Born Person Ever to Be Photographed -- DL Cade -- May 20, 2014 -- petapixel.com
he looks pissed off.
they told him to stop smoking, drinking and eating bacon and eggs...........
My guess is no teeth. People with no teeth are probably not big smilers.
Easier to understand that statement than the headline.
and to get a smoke enema
In those days, looking pissed off in a photograph was the norm.
You would be too if you'd been getting AARP junk mail since 1799.
“he looks pissed off.”
Obviously, he could see into the future.
Earliest known photo of a human.
He lived in the period that I would prefer to have lived in.
Old enough to experience the Revolutionary passions, and then the war, and out of it (or dead) before the the 1850s.
America’s greatest generations.
“Heyer crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1776.”
You’d be pissed off too if you were running from the limeys most of the time.
Along the same lines here is the first photo taken from space (1946, camera attached to a captured German V2 rocket) ...
I hate it when writers keep repeating info.
In this case, definitely happened with “crossing the Delaware”.
Anyway, very neat.
At 103 any patriot is allowed to be pissed, mad or not much to smile about. That’s a significant age to reach for his era.
Thank you! Now I know what to ask for my birthday!
The man is old - I mean, old. Teeth or not, mouths and every other bit of skin tend to recede inward.
That was because taking a photo took a long time. People couldn’t hold smiles for minutes at a time.
My gosh, he must have crossed
The Delaware five
This woman was older and lived longer. She was alive at the time he was photographed...Census records show her living to be over 120 years old at the last time she was recorded, and her birth and death date show over 130 yrs old.....There is a TN heritage book with her info in it on Amazon.com.
Elizabeth Eppinger (b. 1688, d. 1835)
Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eppinger was born 1688 in Germany, and died 1835 in Lawrence,tenn.(Maury Co.). She married Martin Trantham Jr on 1728 in NC, son of Martin Trantham Sr and Unknown.
Very cool! Thanks for posting.
When 103 years old you reach, look as pissed off you will.
He reached 103 but it doesn’t say when he died; or if it did, I missed it.
Yea but how old was he when he was photographed?
That is unbelievably cool.
On a similar note, there’s a YouTube video from the old “What’s My Line” show with a guest who was at the theater where Lincoln was shot and saw Booth jump down to the stage.
Looks like someone you definitely don’t mess with.
Months ago, someone posted a thread of old pictures of men who served in The Revolution.
They were mostly in their 90s and 100s.
It seems like the source was a newspaper in South Carolina, but it may have been some other.
I have a feeling that their dour expressions are because of old age aches and pains.
“I *told* you the Earth is flat.”
From the dailymail.com.uk:
Faces of the men who won America’s independence: Amazing early photos of heroes of the Revolutionary War in their old age
Yeah, but it’s not as amusing. :’)
And he lived another five years.
I know, I was looking for an old photo of his birth date.
I think there was an FR topic about that one some years ago, but I’m too lazy to look it up.
So she was supposedly 147 at death? Hmmm ........ Maybe, maybe not.
He had a dream the night before; and saw what Obama would one day do to his nation.
I know, It was just that.....never mind.\s
There are two people in that image. One getting his shoes shined, one shining them. How did the other guy get missed, even if he isn’t as clear because of movement?
Washington and many of his associates didn’t long outlive the Revolution, of course even then there were people who lived freakishly long times. The last of the Pilgrims had arrived as a young girl, and long after everyone who could gainsay her had died, claimed that she was actually in the first boat, and sprang out before anyone else, including their leader, who was pissed about it. One of my 17th c pioneer ancestors exceeded a century in age when she passed.
“he looks pissed off.”
He’s thinking, “We should pick our own cotton.”
On the serious side he looks pretty good for 103 and crossing the Delaware with Gen. Washington is a much bigger deal than being the earliest born person to be photographed IMO.
One of the minor “might have beens” is the mid-century German rocket program. There’s an anecdote regarding a wartime bon mot by Von Braun — someone asked him if he still planned to go the Moon, and he replied, of course, we just haven’t told der fuhrer. Had Hitler been different, he might have been satisfied with demonstrations of technological superiority, in which case, the Germans would have orbited someone by 1950, been on the Moon in 1960, and been on Mars sometime in the 1970s.
Von Braun saw the Moon as a step (and as practice) toward getting to Mars, his real goal. Mars was seen as the only place possible for Earthlings to colonize, even then, quite a precocious view. The F-1 engine was built to deliver Ed Teller’s big-assed H-bomb design, but after a much smaller design was successfully tested, the DoD dumped the F-1. Von Braun took his baby with him, eventually wound up with NACA, which was shortly afterward renamed NASA, all this during the Eisenhower administration. When JFK got into office, the US already had available the 1.5 million pound thrust engine that was indispensible for the lunar trips.
Von Braun’s Mars missions were going to use the Saturn V booster. Twelve launches would have been needed to assemble the mission in Earth orbit (the main reason, btw, that I always laughed and still do about the “Mars Direct” scenario, which claims a Mars mission can be done with a single launch using a “Saturn V or better”), and gravity would have been simulated by spinning the crew, in order to avoid the speculated (turns out true) degradation of bone density etc from long term exposure to microgravity.
Thanks, I’ll look at that in a minute. Years ago there was a book published in France (and in English translation) consisting of photos of Napoleonic War veterans who were still around during the years of Napoleon III’s French republic.