Skip to comments.Connecticut Resident Now World's Oldest Woman (114)
Posted on 01/19/2007 9:54:27 PM PST by nutmeg
East Hartford Woman Is 114 Years Old
POSTED: 5:38 pm EST January 19, 2007
Emma Faust Tillman, who was born on Nov. 22, 1892, became the oldest validated female "supercentenarian" in the world when 115-year-old Julie Winnifred Bertrand of Montreal, Canada, died in her sleep early Thursday.
Tillman is now the second-oldest known person in the world behind 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, born August 21, 1891.
They are among many validated "supercentenarians" on a list maintained by the Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles and other organizations.
Officials at East Hartford's Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center, where Tillman has lived since she was 110, were surprised to learn Friday of her new honor. They planned to wait until her family notified her, not "At 114 years old, having too much activity can wear on you after a while," said Karen Chadderton, the center's administrator.
Tillman, who has been widowed for almost 70 years, takes no credit for her uncommon longevity and says she has no secrets for other aspiring supercentenarians.
"I think as she gets older, it gets a little less exciting only because reaching this age is something she feels she didn't really do herself - she says the good Lord did it," Chadderton said.
Tillman, one of 23 children, was born to former slaves who moved from North Carolina to Glastonbury in 1895.
She graduated in 1909 as the only black student in her high school and later worked as a cook, maid, party caterer and caretaker for children of several wealthy families.
She married Arthur Tillman in 1914, and they moved to Hartford's south end and raised two daughters - both now deceased - before his death in 1939.
Before moving to Riverside, she lived alone in a Hartford apartment for years, family members have said. She also has been a member of the A.M.E. Zion Church in Hartford for more than 80 years.
Tillman's great-nephew, former Hartford fire chief John B. Stewart, said last month that she never smoked, never drank, did not need glasses and agreed to wear a hearing aid only reluctantly.
Longevity also runs in the family. One of Tillman's brothers lived to be 108, while one sister lived to 105 and two others lived to 102.
Wow... God bless her!
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Who is behind 6,424 year old fossil Helen Thomas.
It's interesting to think that she was pushing 80 the day I was born....
I'm sure my ex wife will beat this record, just to piss off everybody around her.
Bizarre isn`t it? Like I was telling my father last month, he`s all bugged out that he hit 60 and I told him it`s quite possible he could live 4 more decades. Bob Hope, George Burns all lived to 100. My Grandmother (my fathers mother)is now 96!!!
Wow, this Emiliano Mercado del Toro story is really bizarre. Read this article about him. He smoked for 76 years! LOL!!
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
In addition, as a veteran of World War I, he has broken the record for longest-lived veteran of any military force that was set by Antonio Todde, although Antonio Pierro currently has the distinction of oldest combat veteran, since Emiliano was still in training camp when the November 11, 1918 armistice was declared.
In 1993 he was honored by U.S. President Bill Clinton with the medal commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the truce that ended World War I... He reminisces about being a child when U.S. troops invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, and he clearly remembers the fighting that marked the end of Spain's colonial empire in the Americas.
My very first thought when I read this article. Tillman is probably still better looking than that jew hating cavewoman.
Just WOW again!
What you have depicted is a rare example of the earth's oldest infestatious verminodyte.
What you have depicted is a rare example of the earth's oldest infestatious verminodyte: Hideous Airheadeous Odiferous Maximus
"It's interesting to think that she was pushing 80 the day I was born...."
Her high school graduating year was the same year Geronimo died, she was almost 30 when Wyatt Earp died.
I'm trying to imagine a birthday cake with 115 candles here....
I was five ...
As George Costanza (Seinfeld show) would say in his stressed, high pitched voice " she is really messing up our concept of time".
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