LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Eliza Taylor of the United States at age 110. She was born in Highland Township, Oakland County, Michigan, United States on 16 December 1849. Taylor’s childhood was marked by simple pleasures like her father’s apple treats from Detroit and sleigh rides to school. As a young woman, she met fellow student James Taylor, a Civil War veteran. They married in 1868, raising four children on a 114-acre farm that his husband inherited from his sisters. Their modest wedding reflected her family’s limitations, having just hosted a wedding for her older sister two months prior. Taylor’s life was one of quiet dedication, building a home and family on the land until her husband’s passing in 1937 after 69 years of marriage.

Taylor (sitting at left) in 1888, aged 38, with her husband and their four children. (Source: Detroit Free Press)
Taylor (sitting at left) in 1888, aged 38, with her husband and their four children.
(Source: Detroit Free Press)

Even at 106, Taylor credited her long life to the “good Highland air.” She remained in her hometown until the end, living with her daughter Ella and later a grandniece. Though her vision and hearing declined in her final years, her political spirit stayed strong. A loyal Republican, she continued voting until shortly before her passing in 1960, excited to cast her ballot for Richard Nixon.

In December 1959, she celebrated her 110th birthday, becoming the first documented supercentenarian in the U.S. state of Michigan. She held the record as the State’s longevity record holder until her final age was surpassed by Nellie Cline on 17 May 1974.

Taylor passed away in Highland Township, Oakland County, Michigan, USA, on 27 May 1960, at the age of 110 years, 163 days. A newspaper report indicates that an illness struck her just days before her passing. Upon her passing, Louise Godejohann succeeded her as the world’s oldest living woman.

LongeviQuest congratulates Eliza Taylor’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Taylor’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of the world’s former world’s oldest living person and oldest undisputed man ever, Robert Alexander Early at 111 years old. He was an American supercentenarian who held these titles at the time of his death on 9 October 1960.

Robert Alexander Early was born in Watts Creek, Whitley County, Kentucky, USA, on 8 October 1849. He attended school in Williamsburg, and then started a decade-long teacher career after it.

In 1875, he married Eliza Ann Berry and had three children with her. In 1886, he was remarried to Sidney Ann King with whom he had six children with.

On his 111th birthday in 1960. (Source: The Lexington Herald)
On his 111th birthday in 1960.
(Source: The Lexington Herald)

He was once a teacher, a mailer, a carpenter, a merchant, a carpenter, a Sunday-school superintendent, and a woodcarver. He spent his life with these professions in that specific order. Robert stopped woodcarving at 108 years old when his hands became too shaky.

Early passed away in Corbin, Whiley County, Kentucky, USA, on 9 October 1960, just a day after celebrating his 111th birthday.

It’s believed that Early was the world’s oldest living person from October 1959 until his own death one year later, and how he is the first man who reached the age of 111.

For more information, please view Robert Alexander Early’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share that the age claim of Louise Godejohann at 110 years old is valid. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on 31 December 1849. At the time of her death, she was considered the world’s oldest living woman.

She married William Godejohann in 1871 and they had four children which they took care of together. Two years later, they moved to Olney, Illinois where her husband became a successful manufacturer of cigars.

On her 108th birthday. (Source: Gerontology Wiki)
On her 108th birthday.
(Source: Gerontology Wiki)

She received a congratulatory letter for her 100th birthday from President Harry S. Truman in 1950.

Godejohann passed away in the Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois, USA, on 30 June 1960.

For more information, please view Louise Godejohann’s Directory Profile here.