The oldest woman in the world, timeline.
Eunice Sanborn, born July 20, 1896. **
November 4, 2010 -
114 years 107 days -
Oldest in the United States since April 6, 2010.
Eunice is from Jacksonville, Texas. She outlived her only child, a 90 year-old daughter in 2005, and also outlived 3 husbands.
Her 1st husband, an oilman, died in a automobile crash in 1928, her 2nd husband suffered a heart attack in 1940 by a swimming pool, and her last husband died in 1979.
She was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.A. Her favorite dishes are pinto beans and baked sweet potatoes
Eugénie Blanchard, born February 16, 1896. **
May 2, 2010 - November 4, 2010 7:00 G.M.T.
114 years 75 days - 114 years 261 days.
Eugénie is from Saint Barthélemy (island of France). She moved into a retirement home (or geriatric ward) at age 84 in 1980.
Kama Chinen, born May 10, 1895. **
September 12, 2009 - May 2, 2010.
114 years 125 days - 114 years 357 days.
Oldest in Japan since April 5, 2008.
Gertrude Baines, born April 6, 1894. **
January 2, 2008 2:00+ A.M. - September 11, 2009.
114 years 271 days - 115 years 158 days.
Oldest in the United States since November 27, 2008.
Oldest Black woman in the world since March 22, 2008.
Oldest in the state of California since March 2, 2006.
Oldest Black woman in California since May 24, 1999.
114th birthday party - April (6?) 2008.
Gertrude is born in Shellman, Georgia, U.S.A., and lives in Los Angeles, California. Gertrude had 1 daughter that died at age 18 of typhoid fever, born in 1909. Gertrude lived alone until she was 105 or 107. She voted for Obama.
She never drank or smoked, and loves bacon and toast. She enjoys sweet cakes and pies, but not at every meal.
She was not verified until September 2006 (where her 112th birthday party was celebrated 5 months late).
Maria de Jesus, born September 10, 1893. **
November 27, 2008 - January 20, 2008 10:00+ A.M.
115 years 78 days - 115 years 114 days.
Oldest in Portugal, since July 25, 2005 (111 years 318 days).
Oldest in Europe, since August 12, 2006 (112 years 336 days).
Maria is from the village of Corujo, in central Portugal. She lost the use of 1 of her eyes as a child, and began work in the fields at age 12. She married in 1919 and became a widow at 57 (1951). 3 of her 5 children are alive at the time of her 115th birthday. She has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Maria never went to school, and on her 100th birthday, said she'd like to learn to read and write.
Maria gets up at 11 a.m. everyday, and she does not live in a nursing home. She never smoke, drank alcohol, or coffee. She has been to the hospital once in her life. She avoids eating meat, and prefers to eat fish and vegetables. Her favorite dessert is the rice cake.
On June 11, 2008, Maria de Jesus surpassed 114 years 275 days, breaking the previous oldest Portuguese woman ever and person from Portugal.
Edna Parker, born April 20, 1893. **
August 13, 2007 - November 27, 2008.
114 years 115 days - 115 years 220 days.
Oldest in the United States since February 14, 2007.
Oldest in the state of Indiana since April 7, 2005.
October 8, 2008.
April 18, 2008.
August 16, 2007.
Edna is from Shelbyville, Indiana. She was born in Hendricks Township, Morgan County, Indiana, on a farm before becoming a school teacher. She had (and outlived) a son that died at 84 in 1998, and a 100 year-old sister as of her 113th birthday. She moved into a retirement home at 102. She has 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren as of August 16. Math was her favorite subject.
When asked to comment on the biggest difference between today and years ago as she reflects on living in the three centuries that she has known, Parker answered quickly: “People were more friendly and worked together. There wasn’t much fighting.”
Guess who resides at the retirement home of whom Edna lives? And attended her 114th birthday (along with the current 2nd oldest person in the U.S.A.)? Sandy Allen, the tallest woman in the world! Edna stands at 5 foot tall and weighs 70 pounds (down from 72 pounds ago at her last birthday).
113, 1925 (32), Married, 1907 (14).
Yone Minagawa, born January 4, 1893. **
January 29, 2007 - August 13, 2007.
114 years 25 days - 114 years 221 days.
Oldest in Japan since April 5, 2005 [113 years 94 days].
Yone Minagawa became the oldest person in the world at 114 years 25 days, a record low since 1991, (her predecessor died on January 28, but it was already January 29 in Japan).
She lives in Keijuen, a special nursing home in her native Akaike, where she was born. After her husband died, she raised her five children by selling flowers and vegetables at a coal mine. All but 1 of her children have passed away, but she has six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Emma Tillman, born November 22, 1892. **
Oldest person in the world, January 24, 2007 - January 28, 2007 10:10 P.M.
Oldest person in the world, 114 years 63 days - 114 years 67 days.
Oldest woman in world, January 18, 2007 - January 28, 2007 10:10 P.M.
Oldest woman in the world, 114 years 57 days - 114 years 67 days.
Oldest person in United States since December 11, 2006 [114 years 19 days].
Oldest in the state of Connecticut since January 12, 2004.
Emma Tillman is from East Hartford, Connecticut. She broke the record for the shortert term for the oldest person in the world, at 4 days. Previous record was 13 days in November 2003. She is the second or third oldest black woman in the world. Notable Bettie Wilson, 115, lived older, but was not oldest.
Emma was born in Gibsonville, North Carolina, to a mother of Native American heritage. The family moved to Connecticut in 1900. Emma ran her own baking and catering service whose regular customers included Dr. Thomas Hepburn, a noted Hartford Hospital urologist, father of actress Katharine Hepburn.
Emma was 1 of 23 children, some of whom died at birth or early years, but had 4 siblings that lived past 100. She had a sister, Ava, lived to 102 in 1983, a brother, Eugene, who lived to 108 in 1996, a sister who lived to 105 in 2005 and another one who lived to 102 in the 1980s.
Emma with her 81 year-old daughter, 1 of her great-nephew, and 2 of her great-great nephew, on January 24, 2007.
113th birthday, 110th birthday, March 20, 2002 (108), December 3, 1999 (106).
Julie Winnefred Bertrand, born September 16, 1891. *
December 11, 2006 - January 18, 2007 [38 days].
115 years 86 days - 115 years 124 days.
Oldest in Canada since November 29, 2004 [780 days].
Oldest in Quebec since August 18, 2001.
Julie is from Canada, born in Coaticook to an Irish mother. She set the record of the shortest term close to being the oldest person in the world, 6 days. She could sleep for 2 or 3 days without being awakened (as of 115). She has resided in her long-term care facility for 35 years.
Julie never married nor had any kids. She was courted by future Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. When she was young, she was 150 pounds at 5 foot 8. She was a saleswoman in a clothing store for 35 years.
114th birthday, 113th birthday.
Elizabeth Bolden, born August 15, 1890. **
August 26, 2006 - December 11, 2006 12:11 A.M. [105 days]
116 years 13 days - 116 years 118 days.
Oldest person in United States since December 1, 2004 [740 days].
Oldest Black woman in the world since February 10, 2003.
Oldest person in the state of Tennessee, since March 1, 2001.
Oldest woman in the state of Tennessee, and oldest Black woman in Tennessee, since November 21, 2000.
Elizabeth Bolden is from Memphis, Tennessee. She won a Guinness record in 2005 at 115 years 15 days (August 30, 2005), but lost that title on December 11, 2005, and won it again on August 26th, 2005 (116 years 13 days).
Elizabeth was born in a cotton farm in Somerville (Fayette County), Tennessee, the daughter of freed slaves. She had 7 children, 2 whom lived to 2006. She suffered a stroke in 2004, and spoke very little after that. She died of respiratory failure. Her social security number was 413-82-3475.
Elizabeth was photographed for 2 different books in early 2005, and was featured in the May 2005 edition of Jet magazine and the June 2005 edition of Memphis Commercial Appeal. Her case was verified in April 2005, where she displaced the previous thought to be oldest person in the United States, Bettie Wilson.
116th birthday, 114, 110th birthday.
Maria Esther Capovilla, born September 14, 1889. **
May 29, 2004 - August 26, 2006 ~3:00 A.M. [2 years 90 days].
114 years 257 days - 116 years 347 days.
Maria is from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She had 5 children, 3 of whom lived to 2005. At that time, 10 of her 11 grandchildren were alive, along with 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Maria enjoys lentils and chicken for lunch. At night, she has coffee with hot milk and bread with cheese or jam. Then there's gelatin, ice cream, or cake. She could walk at her 116th birthday. She died of pneumonia.
According to 1 of her great-great-granddaughter, one of the last things she said was: "I wish I were younger."
Maria was awarded the oldest person in the world title by Guinness on December 9, 2005, not, May 29, 2004. Therefore, the oldest person thought to be at the time was Elizabeth Bolden, down to August 30, 2005. From May 29, 2004 to August 30, 2005, the oldest person was recognized to be Hendrike van Andel-Schipper (June 29, 1890 - August 30, 2005) [115 years 62 days].
In other words, when "Aunt Henny" died, the next oldest person in the world was Elizabeth Bolden at 115 years 15 days, but she (and Aunt Henny) both lost their title by Maria Capovilla on December 9.
December 12, 2005 - 116 years 89 days.
December 9, 2005 - 116 years 86 days.
May 2005 - 115 years 8 months.
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan, born August 31, 1889 7:00 A.M. **
November 13, 2003 - May 29, 2004 (morning) [198 days].
114 years 74 days - 114 years 272 days.
Ramona is from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico (born in Utuado). She never had any children. She was fluent in Spanish and English. She had a sister who lived to 103 and a brother who lived to 101. She had an attribution to always cook with pork fat. She died of pneumonia.
Ramona was awarded the oldest person in the world title by Guinness on March 29, 2004, not November 13, 2003. Therefore, the oldest person thought to be oldest at the time was Charlotte Benkner (November 16, 1889 - May 14, 2004) [114 years 180 days]. Ms. Benkner was not disappointed upon hearing she lost her title.
Mitoyo Kawate, born May 15, 1889. **
October 31, 2003 - November 13, 2003 [13 days].
114 years 169 days - 114 years 182 days.
Oldest in Japan since September 28, 2003 [46 days].
Mitoyo is from Hiroshima, Japan. She worked on a farm until she injured her hand at age 99. She moved to a nursing home at 104 years and 5 months. She liked custard. She died of pneumonia.
Mitoyo was not in Hiroshima at the time of the hydrogen bombs, but she was later exposed to radiation when she returned to search for loved ones.
Kamato Hongo, born September 16, 1887. **
March 18, 2002 - October 31, 2003 [1 year 227 days].
114 years 183 days - 116 years 45 days.
Oldest in Japan since April 29, 1999.
Kamato is from Kagoshima, from the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. She was born on the island of Tokunishima, where Shigechiyo Izumi was born. She had 4 sons and 3 daughters. She appeared in Japan television several times. After an operation for an injured hip at 110, she slept for a whole day and night and stayed awake for a whole day and night since.
Kamato's diet consists primarily of fish, rice, pork, and occasional snacks of brown sugar. She sometimes drinks coffee, most mainly green tea. She used to drink 2 or 3 cups of herb wine, but then drinks only 1 at 115.
During World War II, her husband was part of the local defense forces and her eldest son was drafted, only to return home wounded.
1962 (74 or 75).
Maud Farris-Luse, born January 21, 1887. **
June 6, 2001 - March 18, 2002 [285 days].
114 years 136 days - 115 years 56 days.
Oldest in the United States, June 25, 2000 - March 18, 2002.
Maud was born in Morley, Mecosta County, Michigan, and moved to Steuben County, Indiana, in 1891. With her mother's permission, she married at 16. She moved to Coldwater, Michigan, in 1925, where her last of her 7 children was born. Her husband died in 1951, and she married again, and her second husband died 3 years later. Maud outlived 6 of her 7 children.
As one knows, the oldest person in the world usually is a stressless person. When police caught that some kids broke into her house and stole money, Maud refused to press charges. She said they probably needed the money more than she did. How's that for a personality?
Maud fished until her 90s, when she fell off the boat. She hasn't been to a hospital until age 95. She had an older sister who lived to 99.
Marie Brémont, born April 25, 1886. **
November 2, 2000 - June 6, 2001 2:15 A.M. [216 days].
114 years 191 days - 115 years 42 days.
Oldest in France, January 3, 1999 - June 6, 2001 2:15 A.M.
Marie was born in Noellet, France. She never had children. She was hit by a car at 103 and broke her arm. She moved to a retirement home at the age of 106. She had strawberry cake for her 115th birthday.
April 25, 2001 - 115th birthday.
April 1, 2001 - 114 years 341 days.
Eva Morris, born November 8, 1885. **
December 30, 1999 - November 2, 2000 [308 days].
114 years 52 days - 114 years 360 days.
Oldest in England since November 20, 1999.
Eva was born in Newcastle, England. She liked whiskey and broiled onions. She was widowed in the 1930s. She moved to a retirement home at 107.
Sarah Knauss, born September 24, 1880. **
April 16, 1998 - December 30, 1999 3-4 P.M. [1 year 258 days].
117 years 204 days - 119 years 97 days.
Oldest in the United States, September 6, 1994 - December 30, 1999 3-4 P.M.
Sarah DeRemer Clark-Knauss holds the record for the oldest person to become the oldest person in the world. She was born in Hollywood, Pennsylvania, a small coal mining town which no longer exists. She loved chocolate. She died in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the nursing home which she had lived in for 9 years. She never had a full-time job, but was a homemaker and insurance office manager. She was 4 foot 7.
Sarah Knauss married on August 28, 1901, for 64 years (husband died at 86 (1879-1965)). She made her wedding dress when she was a teenager, a gown of French linen. She was an excellent seamstress who made hand-swen quilts, crocheted table cloths, and her own clothes. At 107, she told a minister she had no plans to die. Sarah's daughter took care of her until she was 110, to which in 1998, her daughter (then 95) moved into the same nursing home.
When her family members walked her into the dining room to tell her of the news that she was now the oldest person in the world, she smiled and said, "so what?"
When asked in a 1995 interview if she enjoyed her longevity, Knauss said: "I enjoy it because I have my health and I can do things." On her 119th birthday party, she had iced chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cake. She was asked if she made a wish when she blew out the candles, to which she replied no. She got up at 6:30 a.m., 3 hours earlier than usual.
Sarah Knauss with her 95 year-old daughter, 73 year-old grandson, 2 of her great-granddaughters, and her great-great-great grandson.
117th birthday, 115th birthday, 100th birthday
Marie-Louise Meilleur, born August 29, 1880. **
August 4, 1997 - April 16, 1998 [255 days].
116 years 340 days - 117 years 230 days.
Oldest in Canada, since March 20, 1993.
Marie was born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. She was a vegetarian, and married twice. She could walk slowly at her 110th birthday. She moved into a nursing home in 1980 (where she would be 100) as another source says she moved into a nursing home at 107. She died of a blood clot at her nursing home, where one of her sons was living. She was probably the only oldest person in the world that didn't know she was the oldest person in the world. Only 4 of her 12 children (from her 2 consecutive husbands), were alive at her death. She was 4 foot 11.
Like Elizabeth Bolden, the amount of her descendants from dated sources are actually contradictory.
At her 110th birthday, her family said she had 45 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
At her 115th birthday, her family said she had 75 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 55 great-great grandchildren and 4 great-great-great grandchildren.
As of April 21, 1998, her family said she had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-great-grandchildren.
Age 98 (1978), 95 (1975).
Jeanne Louise Calment, born February 21, 1875 ~7:00 A.M. ***
January 11, 1988 - August 4, 1997 10:45 A.M. [9 years 205 days].
112 years 314 days - 122 years 164 days 15 hours ~45 minutes [3,493 days].
Oldest in France, June 20, 1986 - August 4, 1997 10:45 A.M.
February 21, 1997 - 122nd birthday.
February 20, 1997 - 121 years 365 days.
February 19, 1996 - 120 years 363 days.
February 15, 1996 - 120 years 359 days.
February 14, 1996 - 120 years 358 days.
October 18, 1995 - 120 years 239 days.
October 17, 1995 - 120 years 237 days.
February 21, 1995 - 120th birthday.
February 14, 1995 - 119 years 358 days.
February 21? 1993 - 118th birthday.
February 21, 1992 - 117th birthday.
February 21, 1991 - 116th birthday.
1989 - 114.
June 14, 1988 - 113 years 113 days.
1987 (112), 1955 (80), 1930 (55), 1915 (40), 1897 (22), 1895 (20).
The Calment family.
Jeanne took fencing lessons at 85, could ride a bike at 100, was briefly in the film Vincent and Me, and made a rap CD at 120. She lived on her own until 1 month before her 110th birthday, only because it was decided she should move there due to a fire accident she had in her kitchen.
What did Jeanne Calment do for a living? Nothing! She married a wealthy storeowner, her cousin...and living with him she lived a relaxed life to pursie hobbies like tennis, cycling, swimming, rollerskating, piano, opera, and trap shooting. Jeanne started the piano at 7.
But hey, he'll die someday. Matter fact, he died in 1942, from eating a dessert prepared with spoiled cherries (that's how easy it was to die in the day). Jeanne Calment somehow managed to get around it, by eating less of it. Of course, had he lived longer, he would have aged and wrinkled far before Jeanne Calment would and then she would be too young for him for his embarassment.
In 1965, when Jeanne Calment was 90, she signed a deal with a lawyer, common in France. This is the case where he would pay her 2,500 in francs every month (about $400.00) of her life until she dies, in return, for her condominium apartment for free! Then he would sell it of course. After all, how long can a 90 year old woman live?
Big mistake, for Mr. Francoi Raffray. Matter fact, he was 47, and Jeanne Calment was 100 when he was 57, and you know, Jeanne Calment became the oldest person in the world at 112 years 11 months or a week from 116. Francois Raffray died of cancer at age 77 when Jeanne Calment was 120! Then, his family had to continue paying her for her property, which by then she moved out of and into a nursing home. Of course, to Raffray's disadvantage, 2,500 francs in 1995 isn't as much as 2,500 francs in 1965...due to inflation.
"We all make bad deals in life," Jeanne Calment said in the French language regarding his death. Another story goes, on the occasion of Jeanne Calment's 120th birthday, a reporter approached her and asked in French "Madame Calment, will I see you at your birthday next year?" "Why of course," Jeanne Calment immediately replied back, "You look very young."
When Jeanne Calment was 14, she met the artist Vincent van Gogh at her father's shop. At the age of 10 she also reported attending Victor Hugo's large funeral in 1885, where more than 2 million attended. She also saw Josephine Baker before, in a theater. She also met the poet Frederic Mistral, the man who resurrected the language of Provence and received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1904. Jeanne Calment hasn't had sex since 1940, when she was 65 (71 year old spouse died 2 years later when she was 67).
More about Van Gogh: Van Gogh came to Arles, France, on February 20, 1888, the eve of Jeanne Calment's 13th birthday. In a letter to his art-dealer bother, Theo, Van Gogh wrote: "the adorable little Arlesian girls going for their first communion." Jeanne Calment said her future-husband, which was her cousin, introduced him to her at the shop. "He looked me up and down with a dirty look, as if to say, not much there. That was enough for me." However, Jeanne forgave him, as it's thanks to him she officially became widely famous 100 years later, and starred in the movie, Vincent et moi. During Van Gogh's stay at Arles, he also wrote, "To die quietly of old age would be walking there slowly on foot." In many of the numbers his brother, Theo, acting as an agent in Paris, said he would give Vincent money to buy a bed. Well, the only place in Arles to make this purchase was none other than the Calment's shop (source: Allard, Lebre, and Robine), so this might have been their occasion of meeting.
Jeanne Calment had shrunk to be 4 foot 6 inches and 88 pounds, but her weight has gone down in her last years (around 119). However, her IMDB profile says she's 4'11", and since she was in the movie at 114, that was probably her height at the time. However, according to a Swedish magazine when she was 121, Jeanne was 4 foot 11 and 82 pounds. Jeanne was right-handed. When asked about giving birth, she said it was easy. Vanilla ice cream is her favorite ice cream flavor. Between finishing school and marriage (16 to 21), she spent most of her time playing the piano and oil painting. Her favorite flowers were violets, but she didn't paint them as much for they were too small, like she did for roses, anemones, sunflowers, and violets. She starts her morning with gymnastics (as of January 10, 1985). Her favorite operas were Mozart.
Calment's 100 birthday was not as special. It was locally celebrated by the village people. By that time she was well known as the "old lady" who ran and biked around town, running down the steps of the 12th-century Romanesque church like a child. Also around her hundredth year she suffered a leg fracture and the medical staff remarked at her extraordinary speed of recovery. She began walking again when most old people in the same situation would require physiotherapy.
Jeanne Calment did not like the Communist party, nor much anyone in it. She belonged to the bourgeoisue and was concerned about her social difference. When asked about the most important historical event in history, she thought it was the Russian Revolution: the execution of Czar Nicholas and the imperial family.
Jeanne Calment quotes, translated:
"I'll ask you to dance the day you turn 100."
In January 1990, at 114 years 11 months, when the surgeon told Jeanne Calment she would be immobilized for some time after an operation resulting from 2 fractures she suffered from a fall, she said: "I'll wait. I have all the time in the world.
In 1990, at the age of 115, when a Gingkgo biloba tree, the tree of longevity, was planted outside her apartment window in her nursery home, she said: "I'll have the pleasure of watching it grow old."
To journalists present at her 117th birthday party: "There'll be a party next year."
"I waited 110 years to be famous."
"I promised that I'd live to 120 years. I'll do my best."
When the authors were asking Jeanne Calment about the dresses she wore for grand balls, where she had multiple partners (before her marriage), at the ages of 16-17, they asked her, "Were they low-cut?" Jeanne Calment replied: "Oh! At the neck only, in those days, simply round the neck, no more. Oh, young girls didn't do that at the time!"
Author: "Do you think I will be 117 one day?"
Jeanne Calment: "Why not! Why me and not you?"
Author: "Because I'm not made like you."
Jeanne Calment: "Ah, you said it."
Author: "I saw a photo of you in the paper when you were young, and you looked marvelous!"
Jeanne Calment: "Ah! When one is young, one is beautiful. But it's the beauty of youth, it's the sign of youth."
Author: "That's how you got to be 118 years old?"
Jeanne Calment: "Ha ha! You're just talking. I just came to be like that. I did nothing. I have a good appetite, I don't worry about anything, I'm lucky.
Florence Knapp, born October 10, 1873. **
December 27, 1987 - January 11, 1988 [15 days].
114 years 78 days - 114 years 93 days.
Oldest in the United States, February 2, 1987 - January 11, 1988.
Florence was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. At the time of her death, she had the record for the shortest-termed oldest person in the world, only for the last 2 weeks and a day of her life. Florence lived in Montgomery Square most of her life.
8 of her siblings lived to their 80s and 90s, plus a sister that lived to 108. By October 1987, she was awarded by the Pennsylvania state legislature, but her short death meant she didn't appear in the Guinness book.
Her death caused some confusion to who her successor was. Guinness first alighted Orpha Nusbaum, who died in March 1989 before the edition's deadline, then Birdie May Vogt, who appeared in the 1989 edition's main text, then Jeanne Calment, mentioned in the addenda section, and finally Carrie C. White in November 1988.
Anna Eliza Williams, born June 2, 1873. **
February 2, 1987 - December 27, 1987 [328 days].
113 years 245 days - 114 years 208 days.
Oldest in the United Kingdom, since October 9, 1982.
Anna was born in Burford, Gloucestershire, England, and died in Swansea, Wales, England. All of her 7 siblings lives to be over 90 with 1 sister that lived to 101. She had a strict no-pill policy and a meat and 2-vegetable diet.
Mary McKinney, born May 30, 1873. **
September 20, 1986 - February 2, 1987 [135 days].
113 years 113 days - 113 years 248 days.
Mary was born in Sacramento, California. Being the oldest person in the world for 4 and a half months, she never made it to the Guinness book.
Mamie Eva Keith, born March 22, 1873. **
Oldest person in world, February 21, 1986 - September 20, 1986. [211 days].
Oldest woman in world and United States, December 31, 1985 - September 20, 1986 [263 days].
Oldest person in world, 112 years 336 days - 113 years 182 days.
Oldest woman in the world, 112 years 284 days - 113 years 182 days.
Mamie lived in Illinois, and is the last 112-year-old oldest person in the world (starting from her 113th birthday).
Ollie Bay, born November 11, 1872. *
February 11, 1984 - December 31, 1985 [689 days].
112 years 92 days - 113 years 50 days.
Ollie was born and died in Illinois.
Linnie Jones, born March 22, 1872. *
October 13, 1983 - February 11, 1984 [121 days].
111 years 205 days - 111 years 326 days.
Linnie was born in Kentucky and died in Colorado.
Emma Wilson, born May 12, 1870. *
November 13, 1982 - October 13, 1983 [334 days].
112 years 185 days - 113 years 154 days.
Emma was born and died in Missouri.
Nellie Spencer, born August 24, 1869. *
March 8, 1981 - November 13, 1982 [615 days].
111 years 196 days - 113 years 81 days.
Oldest in the United States, January 22, 1981 - November 13, 1982.
Nellie was born in New Hampshire and died in New Jersey.
Augustine Tessier, born January 2, 1869. *
January 22, 1981 - March 8, 1981 [45 days].
112 year 20 days - 112 years 65 days.
Oldest in France, April 14, 1979 - March 9, 1981.
Augustine was born and died in France. She was known as Sister Julia.
Fannie Thomas, born April 14, 1867. *
April 25, 1978 - January 22, 1981 [1,062 days].
111 years 11 days - 113 years 283 days.
Fannie was born in Illinois and died in California. Evidently, she was the oldest fully-validated woman at her time, not counting the disputed Martha Graham.
Marie-Virginie Duhem, born August 2, 1866. *
December 2, 1977 - April 25, 1978 [144 days].
111 years 122 days - 111 years 266 days.
Oldest in France, September 4, 1975 - April 25, 1978.
Marie was born and died in France.
Sophia De Muth, born June 30, 1866. *
November 16, 1976 - December 2, 1977 [381 days].
110 years 139 days- 111 years 155 days.
Oldest in United States, August 6, 1976 - December 2, 1977.
Sophia was born in Missouri and died in Nebraska.
Sophia still has a daughter alive at age 105 as of 2003.
Niwa Kawamoto, born August 5, 1863. **
May 31, 1975 - November 16, 1976 [1 year 169 days].
111 years 299 days - 113 years 103 days.
Niwa was born and died in Japan.
Mito Umeta, born March 27, 1863. **
October 31, 1973 - May 31, 1975 [1 year 212 days].
110 years 218 days - 112 years 65 days.
Mito was born and died in Japan.
Elizabeth Watkins, born March 10, 1863. **
August 18, 1973 - October 31, 1973 [74 days].
110 years 161 days - 110 years 235 days.
Elizabeth was born in North Ireland (U.K.).
Alice Stevenson, born July 10, 1861. **
February 27, 1973 - August 18, 1973 [172 days].
111 years 232 days - 112 years 39 days.
Alice was born and died in England.
Josefa Salas Mateo, born July 14, 1860. **
January 11, 1970 - February 27, 1973 [3 years 47 days].
109 years 181 days - 112 years 228 days.
Josefa was born and died in Spain. She is the last oldest person in the world to have been 110 (ended at her 110th birthday).
Ada Giddings Rowe, born February 6, 1858. **
Unknown, to January 11, 1970.
Died 111 years 339 days.
Ada was born and died in England. Because the previous oldest person in the world's death date is unknown, the age and date she became the oldest will never be known.
Marie Bernatkova, born October 22, 1857. **
Still alive (fl.) October 1968 (111th birthday).
Marie was born and died in Czechoslovakia.
Johanna Booyson, born January 17, 1857. **
Oldest person in world, March 21, 1968 - June 16, 1968 [87 days].
111 years 64 days - 111 years 151 days.
Oldest woman in world, January 10, 1966 - June 16, 1968.
Johanna, being born and died in South Africa, is Africa's titleholder. She is white.
Hannah Smith, born January 7, 1856. **
July 24, 1965 - January 10, 1966 [170 days].
109 years 198 days - 110 years 3 days.
Hannah was born in Salford, Lancashire, England, and died in England. Aside from the Guinness Book, Hannah is also mentioned in the German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung.
Auguste Pahl, born November 23, 1855. **
March 6, 1965 - July 24, 1965.
109 years 103 days - 109 years 243 days.
Auguste was born and died in Germany. She is actually a new oldest person in the world, being validated in 2006.
On July 10, 2005, Matthias Kesselschlaeger submitted data on 3 German woman in from the 1960s, with 2 of them being Auguste Pahl and Margarethe Zinndorf. It wasn't until July 13, 2006, did Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group announce he received the documents.
Elizabeth Alice Kensley, born May 12, 1855. **
February 17, 1963 - March 6, 1965 [748 days].
107 years 281 days - 109 years 298 days.
October 8, 1963 - March 6, 1965 [515 days].
108 years 149 days - 109 years 298 days.
Elizabeth is from London, England. She was born in the county of Middlesex, and died in St. Pancras in London.
From February 17, 1963, the day she became the oldest person in the world, to April 21, 1963 (63 days later), it should be noted that the second verified oldest person in the world, Kiet Portier-Tan of the Netherlands, was a day younger, almost suggesting a tie.
Ellen Dart, born November 1, 1854.
February 17, 1963 - October 8, 1963.
108 years 108 days - 108 years 341 days
On February 12, 2005, Matthias Kesselschlaeger of Germany reported that, by information of Christine Howle, deputy superintendent registrar, that Ellen Dart, a retired and unmarried nurse, died in Paignton in Great Britain, died at 108. She wrote she had not been able to trace her birth in the district. By information of the German newspaper, Offenbach Post, she was born on November 1, 1854.
More than 2 years later, on May 14, 2007, Matthias Kesselschlaeger announced the report of the local Herald Express, that the Vicar of Paignton, Preb. J. W. G. Molland said a recent check of the parish registers at Credition said she was baptized at Credition on Christmas day, 1855. I immediately added her to this table (May 15) as soon as I saw it.
Ms. Ellen Dart had been in reasonable good health until she collapsed on Monday night. She had been deaf for some time and her eyesight was failing.
Lovisa Svensson, born November 20, 1853. **
Oldest person in the world, March 16, 1962 - February 17, 1963 [338 days].
108 years 116 days - 109 years 89 days.
Oldest woman in the world, November 24, 1959 - February 17, 1963.
Lovisa was born and died in Sweden.
Marie Olsen, born May 1, 1850. *
Oldest woman in world, October 7, 1959 - November 24, 1959 [48 days days].
109 years 207 days.
Marie was from Norway.
Christina Backs-Karnebeek, born October 2, 1849. *
Oldest woman in world, February 20, 1957 - October 7, 1959 [959 days].
Oldest woman in world, 107 years 41 days - 110 years 5 days.
Christina was from The Netherlands.
Rosalia Spoto, born August 25, 1847. **
October 24, 1955 - February 20, 1957 [485 days].
108 years 60 days - 109 years 179 days.
Rosalia was from Italy.
Betsy Russel Baker, born August 20, 1842. **
November 20, 1948 - October 24, 1955 [2,529 days].
106 years 92 days - 113 years 65 days.
Betsy was born in England and moved to the United States at the age of 4. She died in Nebraska.
Betsy was the 1st oldest person in the world awarded the title by Guinness, when Guinness was first founded in 1955. Guinness then retroactively awarded previous oldest persons in the world.
Isabella Shepheard, born August 22, 1839.
July 31, 1945 - November 20, 1948 [1,208 days].
105 years 343 days - 109 years 90 days.
Isabella was from England.
Mary Ann Crow, born February 2, 1836.
December 3, 1939 - July 31, 1945 [2,067 days].
103 years 304 days - 109 years 179 days.
Mary was from Australia.
Marie Louise Van Hoorebeeck, born December 12, 1833.
December 10, 1936 - December 3, 1939 [1,088 days].
102 years 364 days - 105 years 356 days.
Marie was from Belgium.
Rachel MacArthur, born November 26, 1827.
October 14, 1932 - December 10, 1936 [1,518 days].
104 years 323 days - 109 years 14 days.
Rachel was from Scotland.
Katherine Plunket, born November 22, 1820. **
December 4, 1928 - October 14, 1932 [1,410 days].
108 years 12 days - 111 years 327 days.
Katherine was born in Kilsaran, County Louth, Ireland. She was a member of the Irish aristocracy. Her father was a clergyman when she was born, and later became a bishop, giving her the title the Honourable Katherine Plunket.
When Katherine was baptised at Kilsaran Church on December 13, 1820, her Christian name was recorded as Catherine, but later in life she spelt her name with a K. She was the oldest of 6 children, though 1 of them died soon after birth. She inherited a house in Ireland, and, for a time, had a house in London. She travelled a lot, visiting every capital city in Europe, often with her younger sister Gertrude. She was an amateur artist and made many sketches in Italy and Switzerland.
Katherine never married and outlived all her younger sisters. She faced no serious health problems except for a case of bronchitis at 102. She often claimed she never had a bad night's sleep in her life. For her birthdays she customarily feasted on roast turkey, plum pudding, and champagne.
When she reached the age of 109 she was sent a telegram of congratulation by King George V. Julia Hynes traced many articles about her in the Irish newspapers on her 103rd, 107th, 108th, 109th, 110th and 111th birthdays. When she died, King George V sent a telegram of condolence to her relatives. She had obituary notices in the London newspapers The Times and The Morning Post, and in the Irish newspapers. She was the last person alive to see the famous novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) alive.
Oh yeah, and if anyone cares to know, Katherine's mother had her when she was 16.
Delina Filkins, born May 4, 1815. ***
February 17, 1926 - December 4, 1928 4:00 A.M. [1,021 days].
110 years 289 days - 113 years 214 days.
Delina was the 'Jeanne Calment' of her time. She was the first verified 112 and 113 year old (just like Jeanne Calment was the first 121 and 122 year old).
Delina was born in the town of Stark, Herkimer County, New York. She was the oldest validated human at the time. Her father lived to 97 while her mother only 78. She had 6 children, with 2 of them alive in 1928. She also had a son that lived to 92. She spent the last 2 months of her life in Richland Springs, New York. She is of Dutch ethnicity. She quit school at 11 to work at home, as common for girls in those days. On her wedding day in 1834, she planted a rose bush in her yard, and this bush still blossoms every June. For over 39 years in her marriage, she and her husband made cheese at their home, supplying neighbors.
When she reached 113, Owen D. Young commissioned artist Leona Bell Jacobs to do her portrait; one painting is in the Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery (though not always on display) and the other is in the Owen D. Young Central School.
When asked the inevitable question, she replied, "Well, I don't know exactly. I always worked hard and I think that had a lot to do with it. I have not been sick much, and the only medicine I ever took was steeped herbs."
Louisa Thiers, born October 2, 1814. ***
March 2, 1919 - February 17, 1926 [2,544 days].
104 years 151 days - 111 years 138 days.
Louisa was from the United States.
Melchora Aquino, born January 6, 1812.
July 10, 1917 - March 2, 1919 [600 days].
105 years 185 days - 107 years 55 days.
Melchora is not known for being the oldest woman in the world, as she was a famous historical figure. She was a Filipino revolutionary who became known as "Tandang Sora" in Philippino history. She was talented as a singer at an early age and performed at mass.
Ann Pouder, born April 8, 1807. **
October 29, 1913 - July 10, 1917 [1,350 days].
106 years 204 days - 110 years 93 days.
Ann was frm England. Her case was studied and validated by Alexander Graham Bell. The photo was taken on her 110th birthday. She appeared in an article on supercentenarians in the June 1919 edition of National Geographic Magazine.
Maria Theresia Vleminckx, born October 8, 1805.
April 2, 1910 - October 29, 1913 [1,306 days].
104 years 176 days - 108 years 21 days.
Maria was from Belgium.
Sophie Lacomte, born May 12, 1804.
Oldest in world, July 23, 1909 6:42 P.M. - April 2, 1910 [253 days].
105 years 72 days - 105 years 325 days.
Oldest woman in world, July 11, 1905 - April 2, 1910 [1,726 days].
101 years 60 days - 105 years 325 days.
Sophie was from Belgium.
Sophia Wijnberg, born March 12, 1799.
April 4, 1903 - July 11, 1905 [829 days].
104 years 23 days - 106 years 121 days.
Sophia was from The Netherlands.
Margaret Ann Harvey Neve, born May 18, 1792. ***
Oldest person in the world, February 3, 1899 - April 4, 1903 [1,520 days].
106 years 261 days - 110 years 321 days.
Margaret was from Channel Islands, U.K. She is the 1st woman to turn 110, and has the longest female lifespan of 1700s births.
Margaret's longevity came from her mother's side, Elizabeth (Guille) Harvey, who lived to be 99 years and 5 months old (to January 23, 1823, born 1724). Margaret had a sister that lived to be 90. Margaret was born in LePollet, Guernsey Island, the eldest daughter.
At 106, with a descendant 100 years younger.
Kirsti Skagen, born May 8, 1788.
March 14, 1892 - November 24, 1897.
109 years 200 days.
Anne D'Evergroote, born October 18, 1783.
Oldest person in the world, October 24, 1888 - March 14, 1892 [1,237 days].
105 years 6 days - 108 years 148 days.
Anne is from Belgium.