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Encyclopedia > Longevity claims

Longevity claims are claims to extreme longevity (usually 110 or older) that either cannot be verified or for whom only some evidence is available. Longevity claims differ from existing verified supercentenarian cases, and also from longevity myths in that either some evidence exists, the case has not been proven false, and/or the claim was not constructed as a result of a longevity myth, which tends to focus on the "village elder" concept, "fountain of youth" concept, nationalist mythology, racial mythology, patriarchal mythology, etc. One test of this is the idea, put forth by William Thoms in the 1870s, of the 100th birthday test: is there evidence of the person claiming to be age 100 some 10 or more years prior to their claim? This test does not prove a person's age (indeed, Susie Brunson passed this test, but later was shown to have exaggerated her age well before this time). However, this test does separate the typical pension-claim longevity exaggeration (which tends to run to about age 115 up to 125) and the "myth of longevity" claim, whereby a spontaneous claim is made that a certain village elder is "150" or "167." E.g.: Bir Narayan Chaudhuri may have claimed to be 141 years old in 1998, but there was no evidence of a 100th birthday party 41 years earlier. Longevity is a term that generally refers to long life or great duration of life.[1] Reflections on longevity have usually gone beyond acknowledging the basic shortness of human life and have included thinking about methods to extend life. ... A supercentenarian (sometimes hyphenated as super-centenarian) is someone who has reached the age of 110 years or more, something achieved by only one in a thousand centenarians (based on European data). ... Longevity myths are claims to extreme longevity that are of dubious reliability, or even subsequently disproven. ... Some factual claims in this article or section need to be verified. ... // The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ...

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Problems with the documentation process

In the transitional period of record-keeping, records tend to exist for the wealthy and upper-middle classes, but are often spotty and non-existent for the poor. In the United States, birth registration did not begin in Mississippi until 1912 and was not universal until 1933. Hence, there is the problem of many cases whereby no actual birth record exists. Since some were recorded in the census, however, there may be obtainable evidence that tends to support the age claim. Sometimes, however, a single year may be off. In the case of Susie Gibson, for example, the family (and Susie herself) claimed her to be born on October 31, 1889, but no birth document has (yet) been located. The earliest record available, the 1900 census, lists her as born in October 1890. Hence, since the 1900 census is a proximate record (not written in 1890), it can be said that there is a near-certainty that Susie was at least 115, and it's still possible that she was in fact 116. In a similar, related case, inconsistent records suggested that Maggie Barnes was at least 115, but possibly a year older. Documentarians tend to 'err on the side of caution'. Thus, Ms. Barnes claimed to be 117, and was at least 115, but could have been 116. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Susie Gibson Susie (Potts) Gibson (October 31, 1889 - February 16, 2006) was the third oldest person in the world at the time of her death. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In some cases a person may just miss the standards required for acceptance. For example, Rosa Williams of College Park, Georgia died in January 2001, allegedly born in May 1886. The 1910 census listed her as 22, suggesting she was born in May 1887 or May 1888. Hence, we cannot be certain of her age, but some evidence exists to support the claim. This type of case is said to be "partially validated", although she was at least 112, so a supercentenarian regardless. College Park is a city located partly in Fulton County, Georgia and partially in Clayton County, Georgia, in the United States. ...


In another type of case, the only records that exist are late-life documents. Because age inflation often occurs in adulthood (to avoid military service; to apply for a pension early, or because the government began record-keeping during their mid-lifetime), unverified claims also exist. Unverified claims are less likely to be true (because the records are written later), but are still possible. However, because demographic mortality tables show ages above 130 to be extremely unlikely to be true (on the order of trillions to one odds), it would be best to assume that unverified claims to age 130 and above are automatically false, and hence best served by longevity myths. The purpose of longevity claims, then, is to serve as an inventory for the grey area between validated (certainly true cases) and mythical (cases improbable in the extreme that nonetheless may be accepted as valid under non-scientific discourses, such as religion). For example, Hanna Barysevich of Belarus, who claimed to have been 118, can neither be verified nor debunked, and the age claim was within the realm of possibility (the maximum proven age being 122). Hence, her case was a longevity claim. Gray Area n. ... Hanna Barysevich of Minsk, Belarus, claims to be the worlds oldest person, having allegedly been born on May 5, 1888 in Buda. ...


Lists of longevity claims

The below lists are meant to show the present and past range of longevity claims, in the grey area between verified and impossible. The lists should be viewed as a spectrum, with the lower ages being more likely to be true and the higher ages less likely to be true.


These lists also serve the purpose of showing the wide range of distribution of extreme claims, which refutes the contention that such claims are particular to only certain "longevity villages". The lists also help to dispel the notion that one claimant should be accepted (without records) while ignoring all the other claims out there (which would also have to be accepted if records weren't required). Finally, because a few of the claims may be true but records do not exist or have not been found, the lists serve the third purpose of categorizing those grey area cases (such as the one of Maria Strelnikova of Russia) that could be true, but have not (yet) been proven as such. Maria Strelnikova 115th birthday Maria Strelnikova claims birth on March 15, 1890. ...


Partially-validated cases (presumed to be living)

These cases have some evidence of validity, but do not meet the criteria for full validation. F.e.: the person may be listed in the 1930 census or Social Security Death Index (in the U.S.).

Name Claimed birth Alleged age Residence
Richard Washington April 13, 1893 114 years, 220 days Darlington, South Carolina, Flag of the United States United States
Virginia Call January 4, 1894 113 years, 319 days Illinois, Flag of the United States United States

is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Recent claims with no records (presumed to be living)

These cases have no publicly available early-life records to support them, but have been made in the press. At the very least, the person should have a claimed year, month and day of birth to be listed here. Claims that don't should be listed in the article about longevity myths. Only claims of at least 113 are included here. Note: the current oldest verified living person is Edna Parker from the United States. Edna Scott Parker (born April 20, 1893) is an American supercentenarian and currently the oldest recognized person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007. ...

Name Claimed birth Alleged age Residence
Moloko Temo July 4, 1874 133 years, 138 days Flag of South Africa South Africa
Habib Miyan 22 May, 1878 129 years, 181 days Flag of India India
Maria Olivia da Silva 28 February, 1880 127 years, 264 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
Tsunyelo Dora Muzila 4 May, 1880 127 years, 199 days Flag of South Africa South Africa
Du Pinhua 22 April, 1886 121 years, 211 days Flag of the People's Republic of China China
Alberto Yoip 12 May, 1886 121 years, 191 days Flag of Cuba Cuba
Noninji Elizabeth Bete 21 May, 1886 121 years, 182 days Flag of South Africa South Africa
Józef Piotrowski (organist) 7 September, 1887 120 years, 73 days Flag of Poland Poland
Józef Buszyło[1][2] 7 October, 1887 120 years, 43 days Flag of Poland Poland
Pearl Gartrell 1 April, 1888 119 years, 232 days Florida, Flag of the United States United States
Amelia Costa dos Santos 15 May, 1888 119 years, 188 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
LaJean Smith 23 June, 1889 118 years, 149 days Arkansas, Flag of the United States United States
Floripes Luzia Damasio 13 December, 1889 117 years, 341 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
Clara MacLeash 1 January, 1890 117 years, 322 days Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
Pa Igboezu Asoegwu 20 April, 1890 117 years, 213 days Flag of Nigeria Nigeria
Varvara Semennikova 10 May, 1890 117 years, 193 days Flag of Russia Russia
Khabibamal Khamitova 1 July, 1890 117 years, 141 days Flag of Russia Russia
Baji Safaorva 3 July, 1890 117 years, 139 days Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Manuel Alvarez 15 September, 1890 117 years, 65 days Flag of Cuba Cuba
Hryhoriy Nestor 15 March, 1891 116 years, 249 days Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Sostenes Martinez[3] 22 April, 1891 116 years, 211 days Flag of Mexico Mexico
Elias Athanasiades 14 May, 1891 116 years, 189 days Flag of Greece Greece (born in Flag of Turkey Turkey)
Clementina Rodriguez Quiros 13 November, 1891 116 years, 6 days Flag of Panama Panama
Angel Alberto Rengifo Cerqura 31 December, 1891 115 years, 323 days Flag of Colombia Colombia
Rebecca Lanier 24 March, 1892 115 years, 240 days Ohio, Flag of the United States United States
Marie Ribet Davis 10 December, 1892 114 years, 344 days Flag of Cuba Cuba
Elizabeth Johnson 25 December, 1892 114 years, 329 days Mississippi, Flag of the United States United States
Ellen Spencer 3 January, 1893 114 years, 320 days Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
Lu Zijian[4] 15 October, 1893 114 years, 35 days Flag of the People's Republic of China China

Moloko Temo (claimed birthdate of July 4, 1874) of South Africa is self-proclaimed to be the oldest living person in the world at 133 years of age. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Habib Miyan Habib Miyan, was born in Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Maria Olivia da Silva (claimed to have been born February 28, 1880) is a Brazilian woman who is the worlds oldest living person, 2007, according to RankBrasil. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Du Pinhua of China is a claimant to the worlds oldest person title. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Alberto Yoip (allegedly born May 12, 1886) claims to be the oldest living person in Cuba. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... For other persons of the same name, see Józef Piotrowski. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... LaJean Smith (allegedly born June 23, 1889) claims to be the oldest living person in America. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nigeria. ... Varvara Konstantinovna Semennikova, nee Dyakonova (allegedly born May 10, 1890) is an Evenk woman that claims to be the oldest living person in the world since August 2007. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Azerbaijan. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... Hryhoriy Nestor (also Grigory Nestor, Grigori Nestor; Ukrainian, Григорій Дмитрович Нестор; Russian, Грирорий Дмитриевич Нестор) is a supercentarian and the oldest man in Ukraine. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ukraine. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Greece. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Panama. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Colombia. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ...

Limbo cases (no updates within at least two years)

Name Claimed birth Residence Notes
Feime Hassanoba April 1879? Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Last known to be living in April 1999 at the alleged age of 120.
Goshada Tsallaeva 15 November, 1886? Flag of Russia Russia Last known to be living in November 2002 at the alleged age of 116.
Marfa Salaikijskaja 10 September, 1889? Vilnius, Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Celebrated her 115th birthday in Sept. 2004, no updates since then.
Maria Strelnikova 14 March, 1890? Flag of Russia Russia 115th birthday story in March 2005, no updates since then.

Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Lithuania. ... Maria Strelnikova 115th birthday Maria Strelnikova claims birth on March 15, 1890. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ...

Longevity claims of the past (116+)

Note: only claims with a claimed birth and death date, and an age between 115 and 130 are included. For this article, claims above 130 are considered to be longevity myths. Disproven claims should also be listed in longevity myths. This list here represents the 'grey' area of cases on the cusp of believability.

Name Claimed birth Death Alleged age Country
Maria Do Carmo Geronimo[5] March 5, 1871? July 14, 2000 129 years 101 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
Mary Ewen[6] May 5 1878? April 10 2007 128 years 340 days Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
Cruz Hernández May 3, 1878? March 8, 2007 128 years 309 days Flag of El Salvador El Salvador
Elizabeth Israel January 27 1875? October 14 2003 128 years 260 days Flag of Dominica Dominica
Swami Kalyan Dev June 26 1876? July 12, 2004 128 years 16 days Flag of India India
Benito Martínez Abrogán June 19 1880? October 11 2006 126 years 114 days Flag of Haiti Haiti/ Flag of Cuba Cuba
Jackson Pollard[7] Dec 15 1869? Oct 25 1995 125 Georgia Flag of the United States United States
Juan Ramos June 24 1880? Jan 24 2006 125 years 214 days Flag of Cuba Cuba- Flag of the United States USA
Abewara Grace Aug 16 1878? Jan 18 2004 125 years 155 days Flag of Ghana Ghana
Alberta Davis Dec 24 1881? Jan 27 2007 125 years 34 days Georgia Flag of the United States United States
Anna Visser Dec 25 1878? Jan 8 2004 125 years 14 days Flag of Namibia Namibia
Augusta Watts Aug 15 1876? July 9 2001 124 years 328 days Florida Flag of the United States United States
Maria Etelvina dos Santos July 15 1878? Mar 8 2003 124 years 236 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
Armando Frid May 24 1866? July 28 1990 124 years 65 days Flag of Argentina Argentina
Ana Martinha da Silva Aug 27 1880? July 27 2004 123 years 337 days Flag of Brazil Brazil
Arthur Reed[8] June 28 1860? Apr 15 1984 123 years 292 days South Carolina Flag of the United States United States
Hava Rexha Aug 14 1880? Nov 8 2003 123 years 86 days Flag of Albania Albania
Mark Thrash[9] Dec 25 1820? Dec 17 1943 122 years 357 days South Carolina Flag of the United States United States
Oberia Coffin Dec 1 1883? Oct 18 2006 122 years 321 days Texas Flag of the United States United States
Dora Jacobs May 6 1880? Jan 19 2003 122 years 258 days Flag of South Africa South Africa
Mamie Evans July 2, 1872? Jan 15 1995 122 years 197 days North Carolina Flag of the United States United States
David Peterson Nov 22 1850? May 31 1973 122 years 190 days Texas Flag of the United States United States
Sarah Hoover June 25 1874? Dec 15 1996 122 years 173 days Texas Flag of the United States United States
Lich Nguyen Dec 4 1876? Dec 11 1998 122 years 7 days Flag of Vietnam Vietnam/ Flag of the United States United States (died USA)
Mary Duckworth June 4 1861? Apr 19 1983 121 years 319 days Mississippi Flag of the United States United States
William DuBerry Feb 7 1870? Nov 14 1991 121 years 279 days South Carolina Flag of the United States United States
Annibal Camoux 1638? 1759 121 years Flag of France France
Fred Greenwell Jan 26 1880? Jan 22 2001 120 years 362 days Tennessee Flag of the United States United States
Atidje Starkova May 12 1875? Jan 24 1996 120 years 257 days Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Ruperto Hernandez[10] 13 June, 1887? August 10, 2007 120 years 58 days Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua
Li Cairong Nov 12 1885? May 10 2005 119 years 178 days Flag of the People's Republic of China China
Emma Bodie Begay Nov 3 1887? April 6 2007 119 years 154 days Gallup, New Mexico Flag of the United States United States
Hanna Barysevich May 18 1888? Feb 23 2007 118 years 281 days Flag of Belarus Belarus
Dominga Pantoja Nique[11] May 11 1889? Feb 14 2007 117 years 279 days Flag of Peru Peru
Maria Andersson Dec 24 1828? Aug 24 1946 117 years 243 days Flag of Finland Finland
Li Ada Apr 11 1889? Sept 27? 2006 117 169? Flag of the People's Republic of China China
Katie Bruce[12] Mar 11 1890? July 16 2007 117 years 127 days Mississippi/Missouri Flag of the United States United States
Nellie Chee[13] Oct 15 1889? Nov 14 2006 117 years 30 days New Mexico Flag of the United States United States
Anton Adner[14][15] 1705? 1822 117 years Bavaria, Flag of Germany Germany
Amanda Aguilar[16] May 3 1890? Feb 14 2007 116 years 287 days Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua
Nils Ohrberg Jan 10 1700? Oct 12 1816 116 years 276 days Flag of Sweden Sweden
Minnie Lee Nave Aug 15 1890? Nov 21 2006 116 years 98 days Mississippi (USA) Flag of the United States United States
Paweł Parniak Feb 27 1890? Mar 27 2006 116 years 28 days Flag of Poland Poland
Franz Josef Eder[17] 1794? May 05 1911 116 years Flag of Germany Germany

Maria Do Carmo Geronimo (March 5, 1871? - June 14, 2000) Claimed to have been the last Brazilian slave. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Mary Ewen (May 5, 1878? - April 10, 2007) claimed to be Jamaicas oldest person and the oldest person in the Western hemisphere, since the passing of Cruz Hernández. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jamaica. ... Cruz Hernández Rivas of San Augustin, El Salvador (born May 3, 1878 (?) - March 8, 2007) was a claimant to the title of Worlds Oldest Person. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_El_Salvador. ... Mione Elizabeth George Israel, known as Elizabeth Israel or Ma Pampo later in life, died October 14, 2003, having in her last years been the focus of one of the most widely publicized longevity myths of recent years. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Dominica. ... Swami Kalyandev was born to Bhoi Devi, wife of Pherdudatt. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Centenarian Benito Martínez Abrogan Benito Martínez Abrogan (June 19, 1880(?) - October 11, 2006) was a native of Cuba who claimed to be the worlds oldest living person. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Haiti. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cuba. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ghana. ... Alberta Davis was the oldest American claimant, allegedly born December 24, 1881. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Namibia. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Argentina. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Albania. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Oberia Coffin (December 1, 1883? - October 18, 2006) was claimed to have been age 122 years, 321 days at her passing, which if true could have made her the worlds oldest person, more than six years older than the official titleholder, Elizabeth Bolden, aged 116, and 157 days older... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Vietnam. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Annibal Camoux (possibly 1638-1759) was a former French soldier who was noted for his amazing longevity. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bulgaria. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nicaragua. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Emma Bodie Begay (1888?- April 6, 2007) of Prewitt, McKinley County, New Mexico was a Navajo tribal member and purported supercentenarian. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Hanna Barysevich of Minsk, Belarus, claims to be the worlds oldest person, having allegedly been born on May 5, 1888 in Buda. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belarus. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Peru. ... Maria Eufrosyne Andersson (December 24, 1828?, Viipuri, Finland - August 24, 1946, Helsinki, Finland) was persumably the longest-living Finn ever, died at the age of 117 years and 243 days, although her exact date of birth cannot be completely proven, because many of the documents located in her birth town... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nicaragua. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Paweł Parniak of Wolibórz, Poland (February 27, 1890? - March 27, 2006) claimed to be the worlds oldest living person and oldest combat veteran ever. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ...

False and exaggerated claims (living)

These are claims that have been shown to be exaggerated:

  • Rosa Brown of Pleasantville, New Jersey alleged to be born Mar 15, 1890; now said born in 1901

References

  1. ^ http://www.kurekmazurski.pl/?art=442
  2. ^ http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najstarsi_ludzie#Najstarsi_obecnie_.C5.BCyj.C4.85cy_Polacy_.28urodzeni_do_1902_roku.29
  3. ^ http://www.milenio.com/index.php/2007/05/23/71786/
  4. ^ http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/8O7ZRsXvOz6G_-MWXPGcPYmNvHlf7ta17FgPQvGPZ_THm4j6O8b3gep3A6OPyXJQgTDapkiZ5mSNBOBKnV67/SupercentenarianLuZijian_ChineseDailyNews20070901.pdf
  5. ^ Maria Do Carmo Geronimo claimed to have been the last Brazilian slave. [1]
  6. ^ http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070501/lead/lead10.html
  7. ^ Jackson Pollard claimed to be 128 years old; his Social Security record stated 125.
  8. ^ Arthur Reed claimed to have been the last United States slave.
  9. ^ Mark Thrash was listed as 77 in the 1900 United States Census.
  10. ^ http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/2007/08/12/nacionales/560946
  11. ^ http://www.elcomercioperu.com.pe/EdicionImpresa/Html/2007-02-15/ImEcNacional0671400.html
  12. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/0FF07C69D16966558625731D00119049?OpenDocument
  13. ^ Nellie Chee was a Native American.
  14. ^ http://www.berchtesgadener-anzeiger.de/includes/mehr.php?id=2224
  15. ^ http://www.bayerische-staatszeitung.de/index.jsp?MenuID=33&year=2005&ausgabeID=207&rubrikID=9&artikelID=2265
  16. ^ http://www.presidencia.gob.ni/noticiaAmandaAguilar_140207.html
  17. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/de/default.aspx

Social Security, in the United States, currently refers to the Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ...

External links

  • The idea of the demographic transition of longevity claims can be found in books published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research at [2].
  • Lists and further discussion of cases may be found at [3] or [4].

  Results from FactBites:
 
longevity myths: Information from Answers.com (2279 words)
Walter Williams claimed to be "117" in 1959; in 1973 a woman claimed to be a Confederate widow at 117.
It is typical that extreme longevity claims come from remote areas where recordkeeping is poor, but generally observed life expectancy is rather lower than in the areas where genuine claims are typically found.
Longevity narratives did not come in for serious scrutiny until the work of W.J. Thoms in 1873, and the odd wire correspondent looking for a captivating filler reports extreme undocumented claims to this day: in early 2000 a Nepalese man claimed to have been born in 1832, citing as evidence a card issued in 1988.
longevity: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (1685 words)
Longevity has been a topic not only for the scientific community but also for writers of travel, science fiction and utopian novels.
One Christian apologist claim is that the life span of humans has changed; that originally man was to have everlasting life, but due to man's sin, God progressively shortened man's life in the "four falls of mankind" -- first to less than 1000 years, then to under 500, 200, and eventually 120 years.
Non-fundamentalist Christians, skeptics and atheists tend to consider such stories to be among the longevity myths, noting that age exaggeration tends to be greater in "mythical" periods in many cultures; the early emperors of Japan or China often ruled for more than a century, according to tradition.
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