In 1877

Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1877, as of June 1, 2019.

Jane Catherine (Kate) Begbie, 111

At the age of 111:
Kate Begbie, 111

Kate Begbie was born in Shropshire, England, United Kingdom on January 9, 1877 and died in Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom on September 5, 1988 at the age of 111 years, 260 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom.

Thresa Emanuel, 110

Thresa Emanuel

Thresa Emanuel was born in Iowa, United States on October 14, 1877 and died in the same state on May 6, 1988 at the age of 110 years, 205 days.

John Evans, 112

John Evans in his 20s:
John Evans, in his 20s

Undated photos:
John Evans

John Evans

Aged 106, with the former World’s Oldest Person and oldest Welsh person ever, Anna Eliza Williams:
John Evans, 106

Aged 106, during Christmas 1983:
John Evans, 106

On his 108th birthday:
John Evans, 108

John Evans celebrates his superb innings in Glamorgan County Cricket Club kit in 1987:
John Evans, 109

At 109, with his great granddaughter Kathryn:
John Evans, 109

On his 111th birthday:
John Evans, 111

In August 1989, around the time of his 112th birthday:
John Evans, 112

John Evans was born in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom on August 19, 1877 and died in Fforest-fach, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom on June 10, 1990 at the age of 112 years, 295 days. On April 4, 1984, he became the oldest living man in the United Kingdom, following the death of Alfred Grant. On November 25, 1988, he became the oldest verified living man in the world, following the death of Alphaeus Philemon Cole. On May 27, 1989, he surpassed the final age of John Mosley Turner and became the oldest British man ever. At the time of his death, Evans was the oldest verified European man ever and the second oldest verified man ever, after Mathew Beard. His European male longevity record was broken by Antonio Todde in 2001. His British male longevity record was broken by Henry Allingham in 2009, but he remains the oldest Welsh man ever.

Evans became a miner after leaving school at the age of 13. He married Alice Horne in 1902 and had four children. He reluctantly retired from mining at the age of 73 due to Coal Board rules, after 60 years loyal service. Evans was a man of regular habits. His daily routine always started with his favourite breakfast – a bowl of bran and a little honey in boiled water. According to family, Evans was a good talker who liked nothing better than to chat about his memories of Gladstone, the Boer War and Lloyd George.

Until the age of 95, he regularly tended the one-acre vegetable garden at his cottage. At the age of 108, Evans had a heart pacemaker fitted and astounded doctors by returning home within three days. On his 110th birthday, he made his first trip to London on an Intercity 125 train. In his final years, Evans received regular visits from his extended family, which included six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. When asked for the secret to his longevity, Evans said “No alcohol, no tobacco, no cursing, and no gambling.” His son Amwel said “My father had a very lively mind and loved life.”

Mary Ford, 110

Aged 68:
Mary Ford, 68

Aged 100:
Mary Ford, 100

Mary Ford was born in Minnesota, United States on June 8, 1877 and died in the same state on January 4, 1988 at the age of 110 years, 210 days.

Ettie Mae Greene, 114

Left, with cousins:
Ettie Mae Greene

At the age of 113:
Ettie Mae Greene, 113

Ettie Mae Greene was born in Wayside, West Virginia, United States on September 8, 1877 and died in Springfield, West Virginia, United States on February 26, 1992 at the age of 114 years, 171 days. At the time of her death, she was the second oldest living person in the United States and the fourth oldest verified living person in the world. She remains the oldest person ever from West Virginia.

Born as Ettie Mae Thomas, she married Russell Greene in 1898 and had nine children. After many years bringing up her young family, Greene worked as a seamstress, a farmer and also took in boarders. A religious woman, she occasionally sang the hymns “Amazing Grace” and “At the Cross” and also recited the 23rd Psalm. She also enjoyed sewing. After her husband died in 1920, she moved to Peterstown.

Greene lived independently until the age of 102. She maintained a strong appetite into extreme old age. Shortly before her 114th birthday, Greene still ate three meals a day and said “I’m as hungry as a bear”. At this age, she remained lucid enough to converse but tired very quickly, spent most of the day dozing, and said “I’m so tired I can hardly stand it.” She put her longevity down to “good, clean living” and drinking a milkshake every day. At the time of her death, she had outlived five of her nine children and also had 21 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-grandchildren.

Charlotte Hughes, 115

Charlotte Hughes aged 21:
Charlotte Hughes, 21

In her adult years:
Charlotte Hughes, in her adult years

Charlotte Hughes setting off to visit Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, aged 108:
Charlotte Hughes, 108

Charlotte Hughes on her 109th birthday, just before boarding a flight on Concorde to visit the Bay of Biscay:
Charlotte Hughes, 109

On her 110th birthday, in New York City:
Charlotte Hughes, 110

Aged 112:
Charlotte Hughes, 112

Charlotte Hughes, 112

Former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher visits Charlotte at her home in Marske, shortly before she moved into a nursing home at the age of 113:
Charlotte Hughes, 113

Aged 114:
Charlotte Hughes, 114

Charlotte Hughes was born in Hartlepool, County Durham, England, United Kingdom on August 1, 1877 and died in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom on March 17, 1993 at the age of 115 years, 228 days. She became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom on September 5, 1988, upon the death of Kate Begbie. On February 26, 1992, Hughes passed the final age of Anna Eliza Williams and became the oldest person ever from the United Kingdom. On August 1, 1992, she became the first British person to reach the age of 115. She remains the oldest person ever from the United Kingdom.

Hughes grew up in Middlesbrough in Yorkshire, where her father ran a music shop. At the age of 13, she gained employment in a religious school where she was to work as an English teacher until her retirement at the age of 63. Immediately after her retirement, she married Noel Hughes, a retired army captain, who was nearly 15 years younger than her. The couple remained happily married for 40 years until Noel died in 1979 at the age of 88.

Hughes remained in excellent health into extreme old age and achieved public recognition for her longevity. At the age of 107, she received a visit from the Queen. In 1985, on her 108th birthday, she was invited for afternoon tea with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street and took the express train to London for the first time in her life. A supporter of the rival Labour party, Hughes said: “I told her I was Labour when she cuddled up to me in Downing Street. I said ‘Don’t cuddle me I’m Labour.’ She said, ‘Never mind, come and let us have a cup of tea.” Hughes admitted to personally liking Thatcher, and described her as “A very nice woman.”

In 1987, Hughes celebrated her 110th birthday by flying across the Atlantic on Concorde and enjoying a four day all expenses paid visit to New York. She was an honoured guest at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, appeared on television, went sightseeing and met the mayor Ed Koch. At the age of 111 she appeared in a BBC television programme on longevity. Hughes lived in her own home in Marske-by-the-Sea until 1991, when she moved to a nursing home in Redcar as her eyesight had deteriorated and she had become too frail to look after herself. She spent her final years in a wheelchair, but remained lucid and mentally sharp to the very end of her life.

Hughes was described by relatives as extremely domineering, outspoken and sharp; but also friendly and witty. She said the secret to her longevity was “a good honest life and adherence to the 10 Commandments.”

Myrtle Kaywood, 111

Aged about 27:
Myrtle Kaywood, as a young woman

With her husband:
Myrtle Kaywood, with her husband

As an older woman:
Myrtle Kaywood

Myrtle Kaywood was born in Pennsylvania, United States on November 27, 1877 and died in Florida, United States on February 12, 1989 at the age of 111 years, 77 days.

Agnes Munce, 111

Aged 111:
Agnes Munce, 111

Agnes Munce was born in Parkhill, Ontario, Canada on January 17, 1877 and died in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on December 17, 1988 at the age of 111 years, 335 days. On August 17, 1987, she passed the final age of Clarida Roy and became the oldest Canadian person ever. Her Canadian longevity record was broken by Lillian Ross in 1991.

She married John Munce in 1901 and had five children. Her husband passed away in 1930. One of her favourite pastimes was music.

Margaret Richey, 110

Aged 100:
Margaret Richey, 100

Margaret Richey was born in Alabama, United States on February 12, 1877 and died in Texas, United States on April 10, 1987 at the age of 110 years, 57 days.

Born as Margaret Countess, she graduated from the University of Alabama and worked as a teacher until her marriage to Harvey Richey. In 1910, they moved to Texas to try their hand at ranching and farming. The marriage produced six children. At the age of 100, Richey described herself as an avid reader.

Kate Snyder, 110

Aged 23:
Kate Snyder, 23

On her 110th birthday:
Kate Snyder, 110
Photos sourced from The Orlando Sentinel.

Kate Snyder was born in Cosad, New York, United States on December 2, 1877 and died in Florida, United States on November 9, 1988 at the age of 110 years, 343 days.

Snyder worked as a teacher and wrote a treatise entitled “How to Manage a Husband and Family.” A gifted athlete, she played basketball and cycled to a high standard.

Annie Wingate, 110

On her 110th birthday:
Annie Wingate, 110
Photo sourced from The Orlando Sentinel.

March 5, 2019; Annie Wingate was born in Georgia, United States on July 17, 1877 and died in Florida, United States on November 17, 1987 at the age of 110 years, 123 days.