9 September 1866Union, Auglaize County, Ohio, United States


18 October 1977Spencerville, Allen County, Ohio, United States



Clara Jacobs

Clara Belle Jacobs (née Harrod) was an American supercentenarian who was the longevity recordholder of the U. S. state of Ohio from 1977 until 1986. She was the first known person living in Ohio to reach the age of 111. Her age has been validated by LongeviQuest (LQ).

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Jacobs was born as Clara Belle Harrod in Union, Ohio, on 9 September 1866 as the daughter of Levi and Susan (née Foght) Harrod. On 8 February 1887, she married Alva Warren Jacobs, who worked as a barber.

Jacobs and her husband had no biological children, but they adopted a daughter, Beatrice, born in 1902 or 1903. She was widowed on 29 November 1938. At the age of 99, she baked her own birthday cake, and she could still walk aged 106. As a centenarian, she was reported to have a sharp mind.

In April 1975, Jacobs’ nursing home closed down, and she had to be moved to a new facility in Spencerville, Ohio. She died at 10:20 a. m. on 18 October 1977 at the age of 111 years, 39 days; her funeral was held three days later.

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Jacobs became the oldest living person in Ohio following the death of Jemima Boggs, 110, on 27 March 1977. In August that year, she broke the Ohio state longevity record (by residence) after surpassing Ginevra Donovan’s age of 110 years, 350 days. Jacobs’ record would last until June 1986, when it would be broken by Margaret Taylor (1875 – 1987).

Jacobs’ age was validated by LongeviQuest in October 2023.

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  • The Lima News, 8 September 1972
  • Clarabelle Jacobs Marks Her 111th Birthday The Journal-News, 15 September 1977
  • Clara Belle Jacobs The Journal-News, 3 November 1977