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Top 10 Oldest People Ever Lived in the World

Monday, October 3rd 2011. | Oldest


We would all love to live longer, so long as we can do it functionally and with all our faculties in place. There is much argument and many conflicting ideas on what allows people to live a long and healthy life. Despite this there is evidence of people living to an extraordinary age while smoking all their life, eating chocolate, drinking alcohol and all sorts of other contraindicated behaviors. So here they are oldest people ever lived in the world.

 

10. Maggie Barnes  – 115 years, 319 days

Maggie Pauline Barnes née Hinnant (6 March 1882 – 19 January 1998) was an American supercentenarian. She was a resident of Johnston County, North Carolina. Barnes died from complications following a minor foot infection. Barnes, who was born to a slave and married a tenant farmer, was survived by four children; 11 of her children preceded her in death. Some dispute exists as to her date of birth. Though the family Bible gives the 1882 date, she is listed as having been born in 1881 by the 1900 US Census, and she is listed as having been born in 1880 on her marriage license. Authenticating to the latter of those dates, Barnes was 115 years, 319 days old when she died.

 

9. Kamato Hongo – 116 years and 45 days old

Kamato Hongo

Kamato Hongo

Here comes another Japanese woman on the list.  She was considered one of the most famous people of her time.  She gained a celebrity-like status in Japan shortly before her death from pneumonia.  She was featured in many advertisements for clothinglines, detergents, phone cards etc.  Hongo also appeared on Japanese TV shows many times before her death on October 31st, 2003.  She was 116 years and 45 days old.

 

8. Carrie C. White – 116 years, 88 days

Carrie C. White

Carrie C. White

Carrie C. White was recognized by Guinness world records as the oldest person in the world at around the time of her 114th birthday in 1988. Carrie was a resident of Palatka, Florida nursing home. She was in a nursing home not because of age, but due to a nervous breakdown in 1909, which left her institutionalized. Carrie is another case of dispute, however her documentation seems to be in order enough to give her the title of world’s oldest person between January 11th 1988 and February 14th 1991.

 

7.  Elizabeth Bolden – 116 years and 118 days

Elizabeth Bolden

Elizabeth Bolden

The third American and second African-American on the list.  Bolden was born in Somerville, Tennessee on August 15, 1890.  She was the daughter of freed slaves.  She died at the age of 116 years and 118 days.

 

6. Tane Ikain – 116 and 175 days

Tane Ikai

Tane Ikai

Tane Ikain is Japan’s oldest female on record ever. She is also the oldest undisputed person since the Koseki system in 1879. Tane Ikai outlived her daughter and her three sons. Ikai moved to a retirement home in 1972 at age 93 where she enjoyed sewing and pottery until she had a stroke at age 99. She also suffered a stroke at age 113 and was bed-ridden ever since. She survived on three meals of rice gruel a day (mmm yummy, I promise there are better supercentenarian diets lower on this list). She died at age 116 and 175 days of kidney failure.

 

5.  Maria Capovilla – 116 years and 347 days

Maria Capovilla

Maria Capovilla

She is the first and only South American (Ecuadorian) woman on the list and also the last remaining documented person to have been born in the 1880s.  Different from Marie-Louise Meiller, Capovilla declared that she never smoked or drank hard liquor.  She died not to long ago on August 27th, 2006, at the age of 116 years and 347 days old.

 

4. Marie-Louise Meilleur – 117 years, 230 days

Marie-Louise Meilleur

Marie-Louise Meilleur

Meilleur was a French-Canadian supercentenarian, who upon the death of Jeanne Calment (number one on the list), was the oldest living person. She is still the oldest ever Canadian. By the time she died of a blood clot at age 117, her son was already in the same nursing home and her oldest living daughter was 90 years old. Now that would make you feel old, a 90 year old daughter.

 

3. Lucy Hannah – 117 years, 248 days

Lucy Hannah

Lucy Hannah

Hannah was the oldest living American at the time of her death.  Another fact that makes this woman special is the fact that she is the oldest African-American to have ever lived.  She was born in Alabamaand died in Detroit at the age of 117 years and 248 days old.

 

2. Sarah Knauss – 119 years, 97 days

Sarah Knauss

Sarah Knauss

Sarah Knauss, was the oldest person to have ever lived in America. She died 33 hours before the year 2000. Sarah Knauss lived her entire life in Pennsylvania. She was born in a small coal-mining town called Hollywood. That’s right folks, Hollywood, the other Hollywood.

 

1. Jeanne Louise Calment – 122 years, 164 days

Jeanne Louise Calment

Jeanne Louise Calment

She is by far the oldest person to have ever lived in recorded human history.  This amazing French woman was born in Arles, France in 1875 and died on August 4th, 1997 at the age of 122 years and 166 days old.  During the early years of her long life she claimed to have met and talked with the famous dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.  Unfortunately this woman outlived her whole family, including her only daughter and her only grandson.  Calment also holds another record, the one for the oldest actress to have ever participated in a movie after her brief appearance in the 1990 movie “Vincent and Me”, where Calment was 114 years old.

 


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