Jemma asked if I could find some information on a relative of her grandfathers that had recently died in Wales, aged 107. I took some details and looked into it.
I found to my surprise, and informed Jemma, that the relative was Searson Thompson, her great-grandfather's brother and the oldest man in Wales - also one of the oldest people in the UK to remain living in their own home before being moved to a care home: http://www.bala-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=129806&headline=The%20oldest%20man%20in%20Wales%20dies%20at%20107§ionIs=news&searchyear=2019
Searson was still driving at 102, and had appeared on the TV programme 100-Year-Old Drivers in 2014: Start at 23min 28sec:
Searson Thompson was Jemma’s maternal great-grandfather’s brother.
Searson was my granddaughter’s great-great-granduncle and they lived at the same time – fancy that!
To put this into perspective, we need to think when our own great-great granduncles were around, and, for most of us, it was many decades before we were born. Maybe people are having children at a younger age now.
From a family history point of view, as Jemma didn’t know about Searson, it was an opportunity lost. Imagine being able to meet and ask your great-great grandfather’s brother questions about your family history: the stories, the photographs and more – which genealogist wouldn’t want that?