Delina Filkins

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Delina Filkins
Born Delina Ecker
May 4, 1815
Stark, New York
Died December 4, 1928
(aged 113 years, 214 days)
Richfield Springs, New York
Children 6 children

Delina Filkins, née Ecker (May 4, 1815 – December 4, 1928), was an American supercentenarian who was the earliest verified person to reach the ages of 112 and 113, in 1927 and 1928, respectively. Filkins was the first verified person to surpass the longest confirmed lifespan by two years. She was also the first supercentenarian to outlive another supercentenarian, in fact she outlived two: Miriam Bannister (1817–1928) and Demetrius Philiphovitch (1818–1928). Her case was thoroughly investigated in the 1970s and re-investigated in 2005, and found to be fully verifiable. In fact, the number of documents located make this the second-most verified case of all time, after Jeanne Calment.

Filkins's age in 1928, 113, would not be reached again until Betsy Baker attained it in 1955, and Filkins' record stood for more than 50 years - by far the longest period a person has held the record as the oldest undisputed person ever. Filkins' age was 113 years 214 days at the time of her death in Richland Springs, New York.

Early years[edit]

Born in Herkimer County, New York she went to school until she was 11 and then stayed at home to work, and also spent all her life there, except the last two months of it, within a radius of ten miles. Her father, William Ecker, lived to reach the age of 97 before he died, while her mother lived only to the age of 78.


Filkins was married in 1834. She had six children. Only two of them were living at the time of her death: Frank (72) and Alonzo (86).

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Preceded by
Louisa Thiers
Oldest undisputedly recorded person ever
September 21, 1926 – November 15, 1980

Succeeded by
Fannie Thomas
Preceded by
Thomas Peters
Oldest recorded person ever
April 24, 1927 – July 27, 1958
Succeeded by
Martha Graham