Emma Tillman

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Emma Tillman
Emma Tillman, aged 114.jpg
Emma Tillman aged 114 with great-grand daughter Carol Stewart
Born (1892-11-22)November 22, 1892
Gibsonville, North Carolina, U.S.
Died January 28, 2007(2007-01-28)
(aged 114 years, 67 days)
East Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Baker, caterer
Title World's oldest person (January 24, 2007 until January 28, 2007)
Spouse(s) Arthur Tillman (married: 1914-1939 his death)

Emmaline "Emma" Fanchon Tillman, (née Faust; November 22, 1892 – January 28, 2007) was an American supercentenarian and, at age 114 years 67 days, the oldest validated living person from the death of 115 year old Puerto Rican man Emiliano Mercado del Toro on January 24, 2007 until her own death four days later.


Early life and family[edit]

Tillman was one of 23 children born to former slaves in Gibsonville, North Carolina. The family moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut in 1900. Tillman ran her own baking and catering service whose regular customers included Dr. Thomas Hepburn, a noted Hartford Hospital urologist and father to actress Katharine Hepburn.[1] Her husband died in 1939.[2] Four of her siblings lived past age 100, including a brother who lived to be 108, a sister who reached 105 and two others who reached 102.[3]

Later life[edit]

She lived independently until the age of 110.[4] On January 18, 2007, she became the oldest living woman following the death of 115-year-old Canadian Julie Winnefred Bertrand,[5] and on January 24, 2007 she became the world's oldest living person with the death of 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro (a native of Puerto Rico).[6]


She died in an East Hartford nursing home on 28 January 2007, at the age of aged 114 years, 67 days. Tillman's successor was Yone Minagawa of Japan.[7] Tillman is ranked among the 100 oldest people ever.

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Emiliano Mercado del Toro
Oldest recognized living person
January 24, 2007 – January 28, 2007
Succeeded by
Yone Minagawa
Preceded by
Julie Winnefred Bertrand
Oldest recognized living woman
January 18, 2007 – January 28, 2007