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.
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.