LongeviQuest recently reviewed the case of Robert Freeman of the United States, who might have been the world’s oldest living man at the time of his passing upon our revalidation.

The Kestenbaum study initially verified Robert Freeman’s age and was later validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 6 June 2003, using his claimed date of birth of 22 December 1880. However, in February 2024, LongeviQuest received documentation from an independent researcher supporting the claim that Freeman was a full year older than claimed. The evidence indicated that his biological father had passed away by June 1880, the time when the 1880 census record was enumerated, and Freeman was recorded as being 6 months old at that time. Therefore, he couldn’t have been born in December 1880. The study likely used his 1900 census match to validate his age, as it supported his birth in December 1880.

Previously, it was believed that following the passing of 110-year-old titleholder Henri Pérignon on 18 June 1990, he was succeeded by James Wiggins (validated as born on 15 October 1879). However, Wiggins’ age has been disputed since his parents got married after his supposed date of birth, and he was not recorded in the 1880 census record. With Freeman being revealed as a year older at 111 years, 2 days and not 110 years, 2 days, he would have been the next in line for the title upon Pérignon’s passing.

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

Rosa Rader was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 1990 at the age of 110. At the time of her death, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Georgia. Upon her passing, she was succeeded by Lillie Dorough.

Rosa Rader was born in Gassaway, Braxton County, West Virginia, USA, on 27 March 1879. She was a wife and a mother to 6 children.

At the age of 106, she was reading newspapers with the aid of a magnifying glass, and she was fond of watching football and basketball on television. She was of the Baptist faith. At the age of 109, she moved to Rock Spring.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Walker County Messenger)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Walker County Messenger)

Rader passed away at the home of her daughters in Rock Spring, Georgia, USA, on 1 February 1990, at the age of 110 years, 311 days. She was survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Rosa Rader’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Florence Rowland was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 1990 at the age of 111. Rowland was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Arkansas for an uncertain amount of time. Upon her death, she was most likely succeeded by Lillie Gaddy.

Florence Rowland was born in Newport, Arkansas, USA, on 16 March 1879. She grew up in Village Township, Jackson County, Arkansas. She was a wife and a mother to 4 children.

Apart from short visits to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, she spent the majority of her life in Post Oak and Diaz, Arkansas.

Rowland died in a hospital in her hometown of Newport on 26 December 1990 at the age of 111 years, 285 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Florence Rowland’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Fuyo Baba of Japan at age 111. She was born in  Japan on 10 January 1879. After graduating from a girl’s school in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, she married into a merchant family in Ishinomaki. The couple went on to have nine children.

At the age of 100.
At the age of 100.

On 18 October 1987, at the age of 108, she became the oldest living person in Miyagi Prefecture. As of 1990, she had 29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Fuyo Baba passed away in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on 16 February 1990, at the age of 111 years. At the time of death, she was the second-oldest person ever recorded in Miyagi Prefecture, only after Tome Horigome (1857–1968). She was also the third-oldest living person in Japan, behind Waka Shirahama and Rin Aoyagi.

LongeviQuest congratulates Fuyo Baba’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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