LongeviQuest recently reviewed the case of Mary Bidwell of the United States – a previously validated supercentenarian who held the title of the oldest individual from the U.S. state of Connecticut passing on 25 April 1996, at the age of 114.
Initially, Guinness World Records validated Bidwell’s birthdate as 19 May 1881. However, after a thorough review of documents discovered by Jimmy Lindberg, the Global Validation Commission concluded that she was actually born ten days earlier, on 9 May 1881. This was the date that Bidwell had always claimed as her birthdate. Therefore, her final age was not 114 years, 342 days, but 114 years, 352 days.
To this day she still holds the record for being the oldest individual from the U.S. state of Connecticut, both in terms of birthplace and deathplace.
For more information, please view Bidwell’s Directory Profile here.
It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest announces the passing of Noemia Vieira de Souza, who held the title of the oldest documented living individual in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Mrs. Vieira de Souza peacefully departed from this world on August 26, 2023, at the age of 111.
Noemia Vieira de Souza was born on April 6, 1912, in Duas Barras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She married Manoel Luiz de Souza, and the couple had 8 children. This Rio de Janeiro resident had 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
In June 2023, with the invaluable assistance of her granddaughter Iara, LongeviQuest successfully verified her birthdate, thereby bestowing official recognition upon her as one of Brazil’s oldest living individuals. With a final age of 111 years and 142 days, she held the distinction of being the oldest known Rio de Janeiro resident.
LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Vieira de Souza. May she rest in peace.
LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Australia’s oldest living person, Catherina Van Der Linden, turns 111 years old. She is a Dutch-Australian supercentenarian known as the oldest living Dutch-born person as well as the oldest person in Australia. Catherina Van Der Linden was born on 26 August 1912 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, as Catharina Adriana van Meegen. She grew up in Nijmegen, Gelderland.
Three days before her 28th birthday, Catherina married Johannes (John) Wouterus van der Linden on 23 August 1940. The couple had four children together. She spent her life working as a grape picker, nursing assistant, typist, and clerical assistant.
In 1955, she emigrated to Australia with her husband. However, she felt homesick, so she took their four children and returned to the Netherlands in 1958. After 18 months, the family returned to Australia and permanently settled in Adelaide.
Catherina van der Linden is currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, where she is recognized as the oldest living person in the country.
For more information, please view Catherina Van Der Linden’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Alma Juzek at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian noted as the second-oldest living person in Nebraska, USA, at the time of her death.
Alma Juzek was born on 20 November 1909 in Richland, Colfax County, Nebraska, USA. She was the second of four children to parents William Juzek and Anna Sloup.
Alma never married or had any children during her lifetime. In 2009, she moved to Clarkson Care and Rehab Center.
Alma Juzek passed away on 12 October 2020 in Clarkson, Nebraska, USA, at the age of 110 years old. At the time of her death, she was considered as the second-oldest living person in Nebraska after Thelma Sutcliffe.
For more information, please view Alma Juzek’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of the first supercentenarian from South Africa, Johanna Adonis, at age 111 years old. Upon this validation, she became the first validated and undisputed supercentenarian to have died in Africa.
Johanna Adonis was born on 5 August 1907 in Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa, where she grew up on a farm. At the age of 14 years old, she dropped out of school and then looked after her father’s sheep.
When she was 16 years old, she moved to Cape Town to work as a domestic worker in Sea Point. Five years later, she married Edward Adonis, at the age of 21. They initially resided on Hope Street in Cape Town before moving to Athlone a year later. The couple did not have children of their own, but Johanna actively helped in raising her sister’s 14 children.
She lived independently after his husband passed away in 1959 up until she was 92 years old. Her family then decided that it might be dangerous for her to live alone so they moved her to her niece’s residence in Belgravia Estate. She was one of the six founding members of St George’s Church’s Anglican Women’s Fellowship.
In May 2018, she was relocated to a nursing home at Nerina Place, Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, after suffering a stroke. Since then, she had her hearing and vision deteriorated while also dealing with hypertension.
Johanna Adonis passed away on 1 February 2019 in Cape Town, Western Cape, Southern Africa. At the time of her death, she was 111 years old and the first validated supercentenarian to die in the continent of Africa.
For more information, please view Johanna Adonis’ Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Isaac Nathan Edwards at age 110. He was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living man at the time of his death.
Isaac Nathan Edwards was born on 6 December 1863 in Randolph County, Alabama, USA. While his mother was pregnant with him, his father was a part of the 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment that went into the Civil War but never returned.
At some point in the early 1880s, he married Sally Hurley and the two of them had seven children. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1898 at the age of 36 years old. Later on, he married once again, this time to Claudia Vesta Birdashaw with whom he had six more children. The family relocated to Oklahoma in 1907.
He was active in the Missionary Baptist Church until he cannot attend anymore due to old age. When he was 100 years old, he had eight living children wherein he lived with a son and two daughters on a 90-acre farm near Maud. Since then, his health was in good condition although having poor eyesight, he had his hearing remained acute.
Upon his age validation, it was known that he became the world’s oldest living man on 5 May 1973 after 110-year-old Friedrich Wedeking passed away.
Isaac Nathan Edwards passed away on 18 October 1974 in Maud, Oklahoma, USA. At the time of death, he had approximately 216 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
For more information, please view Isaac Nathan Edwards’ Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Karen Rigmor Moritz at 110 years old. She is a Danish supercentenarian recognized as the oldest living person in the country.
Karen Rigmor Moritz was born on 15 August 1913 in Aalborg, North Jutland Region, Denmark.
At some point in her life, she married Sven Moritz and had three children. The couple represented Aalborg at many official events due to her husband being a lawyer, public prosecutor, and former police chief.
When she was 100 years old, Karen chose a vegan-based diet, but the care home changed her back to a meat-based one. This is so that she could have more protein to maintain a healthy weight.
Karen Rigmor Moritz became the oldest living person in Denmark after Else Rehling passed away on 22 January 2022. She is currently residing at the municipality of Aalborg who recently celebrated her 110th birthday by giving away free cakes to all nursing homes residents in the area.
For more information, please view Karen Rigmor Moritz’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Nina Robinson at 111 years old. She was an American supercentenarian known as the fourth-oldest living person in Texas, USA.
Nina Robinson was born on 11 November 1910 in Greenwood, Wise County, Texas, USA. She and her five younger siblings resided in Wise County most of their lives, so they have fostered an enduring bond with each other.
On 7 November 1934, Nina married Cecil Claude Robinson (1907-1996) in Love County, Oklahoma. The couple’s path crossed when Nina’s sister and Claude’s brother got married. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson had four children comprised of three daughters and a son. The family relocated to Fresno, California, but immediately returned to Texas after only a year.
Following her marriage, she dedicated herself to homemaking, farm work, and taking care of children with special needs at the Denton State School.
Nina Robinson passed away on 27 December 2021 in Decatur, Texas, USA. At the time of her death, she was 111 years and 46 days old. She was survived by her two daughters, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
For more information, please view Nina Robinson’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Masu Usui at 112 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Masu Usui was born on 18 December 1910 in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Masa Usui has been familiar with literature since she was young. She is writing tanka poems about her daily emotions and the scenery of Mount Fuji. She also remained active in her daily life even at the age of 105 years old.
On 12 September 2014, she was visited by the Mayor of Oyama who presented her with a bouquet and a commemorative gift to honor her being the oldest person in the town. She became the oldest living person in Shizuoka Prefecture on 25 December 2022 after Kahoru Furuya passed away.
Masa Usui was currently residing at a nursing home in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
For more information, please view Masu Usui’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Emily Clarke at 110 years old. She was the first female supercentenarian from the island country of Barbados. At the time of her death, it was believed that she was the oldest living person in the country.
She was born as Emily McClean on 17 November 1902 in Foster Hall, Saint John, Barbados.
At some point in her life, she got married and had four daughters. She moved from place to place. Starting from the Carrington Village to Grazettes in Saint Michael, to England with her daughter, and finally to the United States. Eventually, she returned to Barbados.
When she was 110 years old, she already had 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. At the time, she was the first known female supercentenarian and the oldest known living person in Barbados.
Emily Clarke passed away on 1 June 2013 in Rock Hall, Saint Peter, Barbados, at the age of 110 years and 257 days.
For more information, please view Emily Clarke’s Directory Profile here.