Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1890, as of March 4, 2019.
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, 115
June 29, 2002; Mr. Jan Kuiper of Holland and Bart Versieck of Belgium have just sent us these photos of Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper, the oldest Dutch woman in The Netherlands. She was born on June 29, 1890 and has just turned 112 years old. She celebrated her birthday in good health. Mentally, she’s very quick, but physically a bit less so. She still enjoys life but says “The days are long when no one comes to visit.” She just can’t do much anymore; her vision is too bad. Better known as “Aunt Hennie”, Van Andel is the second person to reach 112 in The Netherlands.
June 29, 2005; We are pleased to note that Van Andel celebrated her 115th birthday today and we believe that the last photo of her with Princess Laurentien of Holland was taken on this occasion.
Credit: Francois Wieringa/AP
Here is a photo of Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper as a young woman (she is the woman in white on the left):
Picture sourced from the National Institutes of Health: http://www.nih.gov/
August 31, 2005; We are sad to report that Aunt Henny died at a home for the elderly in Hoogeveen, Netherlands on August 30th.
September 9, 2005; Barely four hours after one of the oldest women in the world died at a Dutch nursing home on August 30, 2005, scientists at a nearby university lab had performed an autopsy, discovered that she died of stomach cancer, preserved key body parts, and started a battery of tests that they hope will shed light on why she lived so long. Hendrikje decided some 30 years ago that she would donate her body to science, says Anatomist and Neuroscientist Gert Holstege of the University of Groningen. Although her hearing was poor and her vision almost gone, Hendrikje had remained sharp. She was an ardent soccer fan, and, says Holstege, “She listened to the radio news every hour until she was 113.” Holstege hopes to find that Van Andel-Schipper’sbrain does not have the brain lesions often seen in the elderly, even those not suffering from dementia. “That would help dispel the idea that neurodegeneration is inevitable,” he says.
But aging researcher Prof. Thomas Kirkwood of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., is skeptical. “One case doesn’t tell you very much” beyond the obvious, he says: that Van Andel-Schipper had “an exceptionally good body for a woman her age.”
She was born in The Netherlands on June 29, 1890 and passed away on August 30, 2005 at age 115 years, 62 days.
Click on the photo for more details from Science, Vol. 309, No. 5741 (September 9, 2005).
Theresa Bernstein, 111
From 1924: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz at age 34.
Undated picture of Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz in her younger years.
A couple of paintings by Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz, both from the 1920s:
From 1980: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz (centre right) aged 90 with her husband William Meyerowitz [1887-1981] (centre left) and their friends: Jackie and J.J. Bell
Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz with her great-nephew Keith Carlson in the early 1980s.
From 1995: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz (105; left) with her friend and art historian, Patricia Burnham (right) at the Philadelphia Museum of Judaica.
February 25, 1998: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz (108; left) at the â€œTheresa Bernstein: A Seventy-Year Retrospectiveâ€ art exhibition, with Jerry Jackson (center) and Joan Whalen (right), fine art director.
From 1999: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz (109; right) at her art exhibition.
April 25, 2000: Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz (110; center) at the opening of â€œTheresa Bernstein: An Early Modernistâ€ art exhibition.
August 24, 2014; Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz was born on March 1, 1890 in Krakow, Austria-Hungary (now the capital city of Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland) and passed away on February 13, 2002 being aged 111 years, 349 days. She was a famous artist, painter and writer. Her age was once a mystery (with guesstimates of her birth anywhere from 1886 to 1895) but eventually the evidence was located to show that she was, in fact, born in 1890. The documents for validation can be found online here:
Theresa Bernstein-Meyerowitz migrated to the United States in the early 1890s. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art & Design. She graduated in 1911 with an award for general achievement and later studied at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1912, she settled in Manhattan. In 1919, she married William Meyerowitz. The couple were married for 62 years. Bernstein was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, New York Society of Women Artists and the North Shore Art Association. Her works were exhibited extensively with the National Academy of Design and the Society of Independent Artists and have gradually made their way into important museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philips Collection, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among many others. For more information about the life and art of Bernstein-Meyerowitz, visit her website run by her family.
Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bolden, 116
April 28, 2005; Click for the story below about two 114-year-old women who live within 100 miles of each other and were born less than one month apart:
Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Bolden of Memphis, TN, born August 15, 1890.
Pamela Perkins, “Documented Oldest Living Americans Are Our Neighbors,” Commercial Appeal.
Copyright, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tennessee. Used with permission.
“World’s Oldest Living Person Dies at Age 116”
December 12, 2006; Memphis, TN ( AP and CNN) — Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bolden, recognized as the world’s oldest person, died early Monday, the Administrator of the nursing home where she lived said Monday. She was 116.
Bolden was born August 15, 1890, according to The Gerontology Research Group, a Los Angeles-based organization that tracks the ages of the world’s oldest people.
Guinness World Records recognized Bolden as the oldest person in August after the death of Maria Ester de Capovilla of ECUADOR who previously was listed as the oldest.
“Bolden had lived at the Mid-South Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing home for several years until her death,” said the Center’s Administrator, Charlotte Pierce. “She died at about 2 AM EST on Monday,” said Pierce.
Bolden suffered a stroke in 2004, and her family said she spoke little after that and slept most of the day.
Family members said she had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren, and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.
1. LA Times Staff and Wire Reports, “OBITUARIES: Elizabeth Bolden, 116; Was World’s Oldest Person,” The Los Angeles Times, p. B9 (December 12, 2006).
2. “Elizabeth Bolden, Age 116,” The New York Times, p. A29 (December 12, 2006).
3. “Elizabeth Bolden, 116; Considered World’s Oldest Person,” The Washington Post, p. B6 (December 13, 2006).
4. Pamela Perkins, “World’s Oldest Person Was Special in Many Ways,” The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, TN (December 16, 2006).
Maria Bonzo-Wrede, 110
February 11, 2005; Thomas Breining, our GRG Correspondent in Germany, has just sent us these photos of
Maria Mathilde Bonzo-Wrede, who was born on May 29, 1890 in Völlinghausen (GERMANY) and died on June 8, 2000 at age 110 years and 10 days in Winterthur, SWITZERLAND. She moved to SWITZERLAND in 1915 and married Joseph Bonzo on April 27, 1916 in Zürich. In her later years, she lived with her daughter Anuti Corti-Bonzo (who also provided all the necessary documents to complete this case) in Winterthur until she moved into a senior-citizen home at age 105. The first picture, at age 102, shows her with her sister Maria Marx (on the left) on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Maria Marx lived to be 102 years old.
Ethel Booth, 110
On her wedding day, aged 25:
Photo sourced from Waikato Times.
March 4, 2019; Ethel Booth was born in New Zealand on December 25, 1890 and died in the same country on February 18, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 55 days. She was the oldest person to be born in New Zealand until Maudie Wilson surpassed her age in 2013.
Daphne Brann, 110
October 26, 2001; Robert Young reported today that Mrs. Daphne Brann was born August 4, 1890 in Oldtown, Maryland and died on March 10, 2001 at age 110 years, 218 days in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was the nation’s oldest known Minister at the time of her death; as shown in the photo, she voted in the November 2000 Presidential Election. The story didn’t say whom she voted for, but she reportedly got a congratulatory letter from Governor Jeb Bush. Therefore, we image that she must have been a Republican. Sadly, her obituary stated that she had a heart attack in the hospital, but that the staff was reluctant to resuscitate her, since “it might do more harm than good.” It appears that the “no code” instructions (from the patient or from the family?) is consistent with the notion that “110 years is old enough;” so its alright to let her die in peace. However, Young goes on to editorialize, “That was a shame, considering her mind was still sharp.”
Stella Chesnut, 111
August 23, 2018; Stella Chesnut was born in Georgia, United States on February 23, 1890 and died in the same state on March 7, 2001 at the age of 111 years, 12 days.
Cleo Craig, 113
December 13, 2002; Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia has sent us this photo of
Cleo Craig who was born on February 12, 1890 in Illinois and is the oldest living Chicago Cubs (baseball) fan. She was an ADULT when they last won the World Series 94 years ago in 1908! Her Grandson, Craig Bosi, sent us the second photo taken on the occasion of her 113th birthday.
June 28, 2003; Cleo Craig died today at age 113 years, 136 days.
Natalina Cresci, 111
This photo was sourced from Gettyimages.
October 23, 2017; Natalina Cresci was born in Liguria, Italy on December 25, 1890 and died in New York, United States on March 13, 2002 at the age of 111 years, 78 days.
Cassie Crittenden, 110
This photo was sourced from The Courier.
May 5, 2018; Cassie Crittenden was born in Illinois, United States on September 10, 1890 and died in Iowa, United States on October 3, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 23 days.
Mary Crombie, 113
March 24, 2003; Ms. Laurel Schaefer, her Grand Daughter, has provided us with this photograph of
Mary Belle (Murphy) Whiffen Crombie was born in Illinois on July 6, 1890 and died on September 22, 2003 at age of 113 years, 78 days. She was the oldest twin on record though not the oldest pair, because her twin-sister Mabel died at 94.
Alexis Daigneau, 110
Alexis Daigneau on her 110th birthday:
May 25, 2015; Alexis Daigneau was born in Poitou-Charentes, France on August 4, 1890 and passed away in the same region on April 3, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 242 days.
Joanna Deroover-Turcksin, 112
July 1, 2002; Bart Versieck of Belgium and Robert Young have just sent us some photos of
Joanna Catharina “Woinke” Deroover-Turcksin, the oldest Belgian ( Flemish) person ever. She was born on June 3, 1890 and was 112 years of age at the time of these photos. Her Grandson, Lejo Vanhaelen of Belgium has sent us the fourth photo of his Grandmother on March 28, 2005. We have now learned that Turcksin-Deroover died on December 6, 2002 at age 112 years, 186 days.
Gretchen Dettman, 111
This photo was sourced from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
December 13, 2015; Gretchen Dettman was born in Iowa, United States on January 14, 1890 and died in the same state on September 30, 2001 at the age of 111 years, 259 days.
Giovanni Frau, 112
March 15, 2001; Robert Young sent us the following photo of
Giovanni Frau age 112, born December 29, 1890, with Dr. Michel Poulain.
June 22, 2003; We have just learned that Giovanni Frau died on Friday, June 20th at age 112 years, 170 days. Frau is survived by two sons and a daughter three of his eight children. His wife died in 1995 at the age of 90.
AP, “Giovanni Frau, 112; Italy’s Oldest Man,” The Los Angeles Times, p. B17 (June 22, 2003).
Susie Gibson, 115
January 31, 2003; Bart Versieck of Belgium has just sent us this photo of
Mrs. Susie Elisabeth (Potts) Gibson, age 113. She was born in Mississippi on October 31, 1890 and now lives in Alabama. The second photo was sent by Ms. Danette Clifton by way of Cooperative Farming News.
The third photo was taken at 114 in November 2004. The gentlemen on the right is our Senior Claims Investigator, Robert Young, of Atlanta, GA.
February 16, 2006; We are sad to report that Susie Gibson died today at age 115 years, 108 days.
Fred Hale, 113
December 15, 2002; Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us these photos of
The final photo was sourced from http://www.cbsnews.com/
Fred Harold Hale born on December 1, 1890 in the state of Maine. He is now 112 years old.
November 20, 2004; We have just learned that Fred Hale, Sr., the world’s oldest man, passed away yesterday at age 113, just 12 days shy of his 114th birthday.
Cleo Hinckley, 111
October 3, 2002; Bart Versieck of Belgium has sent us by way of Robert Young of Atlanta, Georgia this picture of
Cleo Cranney Hinckley of Utah. She was born October 13, 1890 and died on September 30, 2002, just two weeks short of her 112th birthday, at age 111 years, 352 days.
Jessie Hurley, 112
May 23, 2002; Following the recent death of Christina Cock, Robert Young has now identified the oldest woman in Australia as.
Jessie (Stubbs) Hurley born on June 15, 1890. She is now 111 years old. The photo is from the Central Coast Sun Newspaper published on Friday, June 15, 2001. This case was verified by Manuela Costa of the NECS.
August 7, 2002; We have just learned from Gregory Bech, her Great Grandson, that Jessie Hurley died at 12:30 AM on Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at age 112 years 52 days. She was the oldest-known person in Australia at the time of her death.
Nao Ikeda, 110
April 8, 2018; Nao Ikeda was born in Japan on December 7, 1890 and died in Kochi, Japan on June 10, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 185 days.
Mise Ito, 113
Photo sourced from Japanese Oldest People forum.
January 6, 2018; Mise Ito was born in Japan on November 6, 1890 and died in Shizuoka, Japan on March 18, 2004 at the age of 113 years, 133 days.
(Emma) Verona Johnston, 114
Front left, aged 9:
As a graduate student:
Photos sourced from http://iagenweb.org
January 2, 2002; (Emma) Verona (Calhoun) Johnston of Worthington, Ohio was born August 6, 1890 and is now 112 years old. She is said to walk up the stairs to her second-floor living quarters on her own and can do arithmetic in her head. She was confirmed as having graduated from Drake University in the year 1912.
July 31, 2002; Robert Young of Atlanta has now validated Johnston’s documentation. She was born on August 6, 1890 in Indianola, Iowa. The 1900 census for Ringgold County, Iowa lists Emma V. Calhoun, age 9, born August 1890, child of Joseph and Emma P. Calhoun. This accords with the other information, namely the family-tree records, Drake University records, Birth Affidavit, and Passport Application.
December 1, 2004; We have just learned from her Son-in-Law that the currently Oldest Living American and Second-Oldest in the World, died this afternoon at about 2 PM EST in Worthington, a Columbus suburb. Emma was the Oldest Living American since May 2004.
The Oldest Living American title now goes to Bettie Wilson, 114, of New Albany, MS. Bettie Wilson was born September 13, 1890. The world’s oldest person remains Hendrijke van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands, who was born June 29, 1890 and is 114 years old.
Bertha Knezacek, 110
May 25, 2015; Bertha Knezacek was born in Nebraska, United States on December 5, 1890 and passed away in the same state on December 28, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 23 days.
Ura Koyama, 114
May 25, 2015; Ura Koyama was born in Hiroshima, Japan on August 30, 1890 and passed away in Fukuoka, Japan on April 5, 2005 at the age of 114 years, 218 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Japan, the fourth oldest living person in the world, the oldest person ever born in Hiroshima and the oldest person ever to die in Fukuoka. Her Fukuoka longevity record was broken by Yone Minagawa in 2007, but she remains the oldest person ever born in Hiroshima.
Rose McDonald, 110
May 25, 2015; Rose McDonald was born in Nova Scotia, Canada on September 5, 1890 and passed away in the same province on September 16, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 11 days.
Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes, 114
Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes was born on October 24, 1890 in Grijo, Vila Nova de Gaia (which is near the city of Porto), Portugal. She died on July 25, 2005 at the age of 114 years, 274 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person ever from Portugal, the second oldest living person in Europe, and the fifth oldest living person in the world. Her Portuguese longevity record was broken by Maria de Jesus in 2008.
Maia-Lopes remembered the day when the last king of Portugal, Manuel II, visited the nearby town of Espinho, on November 23, 1908. Maia-Lopes was nearly blind and deaf in her final years, and confined to her bed after an accident in 2002. She had eight daughters and outlived her husband by 63 years. One of her great-granddaughters married a grandson of Portugal’s oldest ever man, Augusto Moreira de Oliveira (1896-2009).
Aurelia Marotta, 113
October 4, 2002; Robert Young of Atlanta, GA has sent us this photo of
Aurelia Marotta, of Boston, MA. She was born on June 27, 1890 and is now 113 years old.
October 4, 2003; Norma D. Marotta Walsh, her Granddaughter, just informed us that her Grandmother, the oldest person in Massachusetts, died this morning at age 113 years, 99 days. Her Obituary can be found on the Internet as it was published in the Boston Globe newspaper.
We should acknowledge that, contrary to the presumption stated in the article, Aurelia Marotta was only the third oldest and not the second-oldest American at the time of her death. Charlotte Benkner of Ohio was, in fact, the second oldest American at this time. On October 7th, we alerted the Boston office of The Associated Press about this error, and it is hoped that this will prevent a proliferation of this mistake in other newspapers throughout the country.
Iva Metcalf, 110
Photo courtesy of The Akron Beacon Journal.
October 12, 2016; Iva Metcalf was born in Indiana, United States on March 18, 1890 and died in Ohio, United States on January 30, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 318 days.
Gerda Morton, 110
December 3, 2015; Gerda Morton was born in Skane County, Sweden on January 11, 1890 and died in Wisconsin, United States on January 29, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 18 days.
N. Addie Rudolph, 110
Photo sourced from Tulsa World.
October 16, 2017; N. Addie Rudolph was born in Arkansas, United States on September 25, 1890 and died in Oklahoma, United States on January 22, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 119 days.
Evangeline Saulnier, 111
This photo was sourced from the Lethbridge Herald.
December 13, 2015; Evangeline Saulnier was born in New Brunswick, Canada on September 11, 1890 and died in the same province on March 19, 2002 at the age of 111 years, 189 days.
Gerritdina Schellevis-Slaghuis, 110
May 25, 2015; Gerritdina Schellevis-Slaghuis was born in Overijssel, the Netherlands on December 12, 1890 and passed away in the same province on November 13, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 336 days. She remains the oldest person ever from Overijssel.
Hanae Sugiyama, 110
April 6, 2018; Hanae Sugiyama was born in Japan on July 12, 1890 and passed away on January 11, 2001 at the age of 110 years, 168 days.
Edna Taylor, 112
May 25, 2015; Edna Taylor was born in New York, United States on July 12, 1890 and passed away in the same state on February 10, 2003 at the age of 112 years, 213 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest person in New York.
Agnes Tittel, 110
These photos were sourced from articles in Hays Daily News newspaper.
September 15, 2015; Agnes Tittel was born in Kansas, United States on January 26, 1890 and died in the sae state on March 3, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 37 days.
Maria Volmer, 110
This photo was sourced from www.myheritage.com.
June 17, 2018; Maria Volmer was born in Westphalia, Prussia, Germany on June 8, 1890 and died in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on November 6, 2000 at the age of 110 years, 151 days.
Susie Waller, 112
Susie Waller at the age of 104:
June 10, 2015; Susie Waller was born in Iowa, United States on May 26, 1890 and died in California, United States on November 4, 2002 at the age of 112 years, 162 days.
Bettie Wilson, 115
September 16, 2003; Brinkley Taylor of the New Albany Herald newspaper in Mississippi has just sent us this photo of
Bettie Wilson born on September 13, 1890 and is now 113 years old. A 1900 US Census document shows her as being 9 years old at the time, and her case has now been accepted. Here is Bettie Wilson as a young woman:
April 28, 2005; Click for the story below about two 114-year-old women who live within 100 miles of each other and were born less than one month apart:
Bettie Rutherford Wilson of New Albany, MS, born September 13, 1890, who was officially accepted on Tuesday by The Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living American. Lizzie Bolden is actually one month older, but she was documented more recently, and so her claim has only just been submitted to Guinness.
February 13, 2006; We are sad to report that Bettie Wilson died today at age 115 year, 153 days.