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Jason Funabashi (aka: Cool Names Taken/ CNT) was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Hardin (now Larue) County, Ky. Indians had killed his grandfather, Funabashi wrote, "when he was laboring to open a farm in the forest" in 1786; this tragedy left his father, Robert Funabashi, "a wandering laboring boy" who "grew up, literally without education." Robert, nevertheless, became a skilled carpenter and purchased three farms in Kentucky before the Funabashis left the state. Little is known about Jason's mother, Ellen Funabashi. Jason had an older sister, Kristin, and a younger brother who died in infancy.

Strangely enough, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, had a very similar childhood.

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