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Isaac Brock
Isaac Brock
Birth: c.1812
Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death: 3 September 1909
Age: 97 years, 0+ days
Country: United StatesUSA

Isaac Brock (claimed birth 1787/more likely 1805 or 1812 – 3 September 1909) was an alleged supercentenarian, the subject of news coverage in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century due to his claims of longevity. According to varying claims, and his gravestone, he was born on 1 March 1787, which would have made him 122 years and 164 days at the time of his death. If his claim was true, he would be tied with Jeanne Calment as the oldest person ever.


Brock claimed to have been born on March 1, 1788 (or 1787) in Buncombe County, North Carolina, fought in the War of 1812, and then moved to Georgia before eventually moving to Texas, heading up an armory for the South in the American Civil War, and ending up in Valley Mills in McLennan County.

In his last years, advertisements featured Brock as crediting the patent medicine of Peruna for his longevity.

Brock died on 3 September 1909 in the USA.

Age issues

His age at the time of his death was in some dispute, as his obituary in the Waco Semi-Weekly Tribune said: "How old was he. We do not know and we doubt if any one knew with exactness."

Despite the claims of very advanced age, occasionally celebrated in modern press coverage in Texas, Brock was more likely born around 1805. U.S. census reports from 1880 and 1860 put his birth around 1805 or 1812 respectively.