Bolivar Bulletin Newspaper of Bolivar, TN
March 31, 1866
Death of the Oldest Man - The Portage (Wis) Register chronicles the death at Caledonia, in that State, on the 27th ult., of Joseph CRELE, born in Detroit, Mich., in 1725, and who had attained therefor, the amazing age of one hundred and forty years! He was born seven years before George Washington, and was fifty years old at the outbreak of the American Revolution; so he might, even then, have claimed exemption from military service. He was forty years old at the birth of Napoleon I. He was sixty-two years old when the Federal Constitution was formed, and eighty-four when Abraham Lincoln was born. We know but one longer life in modern times, that of Parr, the Englishman, who is recorded to have been born in 1482, and to have died in 1635, at the ripe age of 152. CRELE's baptism is said to be on record in the French Catholic Church in Detroit; so that his age would seem to be duly authenticated.
-I'm no relation, just found it while transcribing the paper.