Geert Adriaans Boomgaard

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Geert Adriaans Boomgaard
Geert Adriaans Boomgaard in the 1890s
Born (1788-09-21)21 September 1788
Groningen, Netherlands
Died 3 February 1899(1899-02-03)
(aged 110 years, 135 days)
Groningen, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Stijntje Bus (m. 1818–31)
(her death)
Grietje Abels Jonker (m. 1831–64)(her death)

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (21 September 1788 – 3 February 1899) is accepted by most demographic scholars as the first validated supercentenarian case on record. However, some may view him as the second internationally recognized supercentenarian in the world after the disputed case of his fellow countryman Thomas Peters (1745–1857) was moved into the Guinness Book main tables (from the footnotes) in the early 1990s.

Since there is evidence that he served as a soldier in Napoleon's Grande Armée, Boomgaard might in fact have been the oldest military veteran ever for several decades.[1]


Little is known about Boomgaard's life. He was born in Groningen, Netherlands, where he also died. His father was captain on a boat and civil records say that Geert did the same work as his father.[2] Other sources say that he had also served as a soldier in the 33rd Light Infantry Regiment in Napoleon's Grande Armée.[1]

At the age of 29, on 4 March 1818, he married Stijntje Bus.[2] Stijntje died aged 33 on 24 March 1830, a month after the birth of their 7th child. A year later, 17 March 1831, Boomgaard married Grietje Abels Jonker, with whom he had four more children. Grietje died at the age of 71 on 18 May 1864. His last surviving child, Jansje Hinderika, died at the age of 57 in May 1885.[2]

Boomgaard died at age 110 years 135 days.


Research on Boomgaard was published in three articles by E.J. Heeres in the genealogical periodical Gruoninga in 1976, 1977 and 1978. The website, which is dedicated to the rebuilding of the lost archives on the Médaille de Sainte-Hélène, shows his photograph, his (presumed) personal Sainte-Hélène medal, and a certificate which states that "Adriaans, Gerrit, à Groningue, Pays-Bas, received this medal" on behalf of his active military service during the reign of Napoleon I. The certificate is registered at la Grande Chancellerie No. 1871, and bears the stamped signature of the Duc de Plaisance Général Anne-Charles Lebrun, Grand Chancelier (1853–1859).

Boomgaard's death certificate confirms that he reached the age of 110.[3]

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Preceded by
Anne D'Evergroote
(October 18, 1783 – March 14, 1892)

(aged 108 years 148 days)

Undisputed Oldest Recorded Person Ever
February 16, 1897 – September 30, 1902
Succeeded by
Margaret Ann Neve
Preceded by
Pierre Darcourt
Oldest recorded verified man ever
January 7, 1897 – October 28, 1966
Succeeded by
John Mosely Turner