LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Bessie French of Canada at age 110. She was born in Moreton’s Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on 8 July 1882. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to at least 3 children.

At the age of 109. (Source: unknown / Retrieved from Facebook)
At the age of 109.
(Source: unknown / Retrieved from Facebook)

French passed away in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on 17 September 1992, at the age of 110 years, 71 days. French is the first known supercentenarian on record to have been born and died in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. To this day, she remains the only known supercentenarian who passed away in the Province.

Emma Galode surpassed her final age on November 2, 1992, less than two months following her passing. Thus succeeding her as the new record holder for the oldest person ever born in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

LongeviQuest congratulates Bessie French’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Katie Hatton of the United States at age 114. She was born in Spanish Camp, Texas, United States on 18 December 1877. Her parents were freed slaves. As a girl, Hatton assisted her father on the farm.

Hatton went to school in the Camp Zion Community at Spanish Camp and later attended Guadalupe College in Seguin. At some point, Hatton got married and had at least three children. Hatton was a member of the Camp Zion Baptist Church for more than 75 years.

At the age of 111, she surpassed Martha King‘s final age, becoming the oldest person ever to live in Texas. Subsequently, she likely became the first person in Texas to reach the ages of 112, 113, and 114. She held this title until (at least) 8 November 1995, when her final age was surpassed by Irene Frank.

Hatton passed away in Spanish Camp, Texas, USA, on 24 January 1992. Following her death, Kate Bottom (1881–1992) became the oldest (known) living person in Texas. She was survived by her three children, 13 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Katie Hatton’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Gertie Nesbitt of Australia at age 110. She was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom on 3 July 1882 and passed away in Burwood East, Victoria, Australia on 5 August 1992 at the age of 110 years. She was a devout Catholic and attended mass regularly. She worked as a milliner and a typist.

Nesbitt was 67 years old when she moved to Australia in 1949. She never married and had no children. She worked as a housekeeper for two priests from the age of 70 to 90. She lived with her niece, Sadie Ramsay, in Burwood, Victoria, until she was 106 years old. She then moved into a nursing home in Burwood East, a suburb of Melbourne. On her 110th birthday, she claimed that she had no secret for her longevity, but offered advice to young people, “Be good and kind.”

Nesbitt at the age of 110

In 1991, Nesbitt received a telegram from Australia’s then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke, congratulating her on her 109th birthday. On 30 July 1992, six days before her death, she became Australia’s oldest resident following the death of 111-year-old Beatrice Pollock. Upon her own death, the title passed to Kit St. Clair, then aged 109.

LongeviQuest congratulates Gertie Nesbitt’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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