List of long marriages

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This is a list of long marriages. It includes marriages extending over at least 80 years.

Background[edit]

A study by Robert and Jeanette Lauer, reported in the Journal of Family Issues, conducted on 40 sets of spouses married for at least 50 years, concluded that the long-term married couples received high scores on the Lock-Wallace marital satisfaction test and were closely aligned on how their marriages were doing.[1] In a 1979 study on about 55 couples in marriages with an average length of 55.5 years, couples said their marriages lasted so long because of mutual devotion and special regard for each other.[1] Couples who have been married for a long time have a lower likelihood of divorcing because "common economic interests and friendship networks increase over time" and during stress can assist in sustaining the relationship.[2]

Another study found that people in long marriages are wedded to the idea of "marital permanency" in which "They don't see divorce as an option".[3] Sociologist Pepper Schwartz, the American Association of Retired Persons's relationships authority, said that it was helpful to have a spouse who is quick to recover when there are surprises in life.[3]

A study of 1,152 couples who had been married for over 50 years found that they attributed their long marriages to faith in each other, love, ability to make concessions, admiration for each other, reliance on each other, children, and strong communication.[4] Bowling Green State University (BGSU)'s National Center for Family and Marriage Research found that 7% of American marriages last at least 50 years.[3]

Recording longest marriages[edit]

Wedding photo of Herbert Fisher Sr. and Zelmyra Fisher, the longest verified married couple, c. 1924

The longest marriage recorded (although not officially recognized) is a granite wedding anniversary (90 years) between Karam and Kartari Chand, who both lived in the United Kingdom, but were married in India. Karam and Kartari Chand married in 1925 and died in 2016 and 2019 respectively.[5][6]

Guinness World Records published its first edition in 1955.[7] In the 1984 to 1998 editions, the longest recorded marriages were between Temulji Bhicaji Nariman and Lady Nariman, and Lazarus and Mary Rowe according to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, both of them spanning 86 years.[8][9] Guinness has since recognized couples with longer marriage spans, with the current world record holders being Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher.[10] Guinness also keeps record of the oldest married couple by aggregate age.[11]

Other organizations have created events where they honor couples with long marriages. In 2011, World Marriage Encounter (WME), an American organization that was responsible for making a World Marriage Day, created a Longest Married Couple Project (LMCP), where they pick a couple with a long marriage and honor them on Valentine's Day.[12][13] They have since expanded the awards to representatives in each of the 50 states, although the candidates selected are not necessarily the ones with record-setting marriages.[14] Starting in 2004, the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) has honored its own annual list of long-time married couples in that particular state, beginning with George and Germaine Briant.[15]

List of marriages reported to be more than 80 years[edit]

  At least one spouse is deceased   Both spouses are most probably still living   Disputed or unverified

Names Marriage date Length of marriage End date
(husband's or wife's death)
Residence
(at date of last report or death)
Note(s) Ref(s)
Karam Chand
Kartari Chand
11 December 1925 90 years, 291 days 30 September 2016
(Karam)
Bradford, United Kingdom [a][16][failed verification] [17]
K. Philipose Thomas
Sosamma Thomas
17 February 1918 88 years, 2 days 19 February 2006
(Sosamma)
Kerala, India [a][18] [19][20]
Herbert Fisher, Sr.
Zelmyra (née George) Fisher
13 May 1924 86 years, 290 days 27 February 2011
(Herbert)
North Carolina, United States Current Guinness World Record for longest marriage, recognized in 2008[10][21] [22]
Temulji Bhicaji Nariman
Lady Nariman
1853 86 years 1 August 1940
(Temulji)
Maharashtra, India Temulji and Lady Nariman married as cousins when they were five years old.
This was noted as longest marriage recorded through 1940.
Shared Guinness World Record with Lazarus and Mary Rowe for editions up to 1998.[9]
[23][24][25]
Liu Yung-Yang
Liu Yang Yang-Wan
1917 86 years 21 July 2003
(Yang Yang-Wan)
Taoyuan, Taiwan Was recognized by Guinness World Records 2004 (published in 2003) as world's longest marriage[26][27] [28][26]
Ralph Kohler
Dorothy (née Redding) Kohler
16 September 1935 86 years, 77 days 2 December 2021
(Dorothy)
Indio, California, United States America's longest living married couple [29][30][31][32]
Lazarus Rowe
Mary (née Webber) Rowe
1743 86 years 27 June 1829
(Mary)
New Hampshire, United States Shared Guinness World Record with the Narimans for editions up to 1998[9] [33][34][35][36]
John George Betar
Ann (née Shawah) Betar
25 November 1932 85 years, 291 days 12 September 2018
(John)
Connecticut, United States Winner of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter's Longest Married Couple Project in 2013 [37]
Duranord Veillard
Jeanne Hermina Veillard
29 November 1932 85 years, 184 days 1 June 2018
(Duranord)
Rockland, New York, United States [38]
Marco Milo
Pasqua Palmieri
15 January 1938 84 years, 168 days Bari, Italy [39]
Maurice Kaye
Helen Kaye
27 August 1934 83 years, 330 days 22 July 2018
(Maurice)
Bournemouth, United Kingdom [40]
Henry Andrew Johnson
Lena (née Knudsen) Johnson
8 February 1920 83 years, 231 days 27 September 2003
(Lena)
Iowa, United States [27]
William B. Ritchie
Claudia Lillian Ritchie
12 April 1919 83 years, 224 days 22 November 2002
(William)
Kentucky, United States Recognized by Guinness World Records as world's oldest living married couple in 2002 [41][better source needed][42][43][27]
Norman James Burmah
Norma "Mickey" (née Depland) Burmah
27 January 1931 83 years, 222 days 6 September 2014
(Norma)
Louisiana, United States [44]
Marshall N. Kuykendall
Winifred Louisiana "Winnie Louise" (née Macnab) Kuykendall
14 February 1929 83 years, 221 days 22 September 2012
(Winnie)
New Mexico, United States Winner of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter's inaugural Longest Married Couple Project in 2011 [45]

[46]

George Leon Briant
Germaine (née Thibodeaux) Briant
20 July 1921 83 years, 192 days 28 January 2005
(Germaine)
Hammond, Louisiana, United States Honored by Governor David Vitter in the Louisiana Family Forum's inaugural Louisiana's longest married couple contest in 2004. George Briant, a World War I veteran, was interviewed by Richard Rubin in 2004. [47]
Steven "Steve" Wrubel
Victoria Virginia "Vicky" (née Puvalowski) Wrubel
28 September 1929 83 years, 192 days 8 April 2013
("Vicky")
Florida, United States Were recognized by Guinness World Records in 2011, but did not clinch the record[46] [48]
Harley Dewey Utz
Sylvia (née Booker) Utz
15 June 1918 83 years, 150 days 12 November 2001
(Harley)
Greenville, Ohio, United States Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living married couple in 2001. Sylvia Utz outlived her husband by almost 8 years, eventually becoming a supercentenarian. [49]
Marcel Brouard
Berthe (née Pallu) Brouard
26 November 1938 83 years, 131 days 6 April 2022
(Marcel)
Saint-Éliph, France Longest marriage in the history of France [50]
Arend Noordhuis
Aaltje (née Nijstad) Noordhuis
22 January 1938 82 years, 298 days 15 November 2020
(Arend)
Drenthe, Netherlands Longest living married couple in the Netherlands [51][52][53]
David P. Beachy
Katherine (née Swartz) Beachy
23 December 1939 82 years, 59 days 20 February 2022
(David)
North Port, Florida, United States [54][55][56]
Masao Matsumoto
Miyako (née Sonoda) Matsumoto
20 October 1937 81 years, 209 days 17 May 2019
(Masao)
Kagawa, Japan Guinness World Record for "Oldest living married couple, aggregate age", recognized in August 2018,[11][57]
and for "Oldest married couple, aggregate age" (17 May 2019)[b]
[58][11][59]
Ron Bond
Joyce Bond
4 January 1941 81 years, 179 days Milton Keynes, United Kingdom [60]
Irving Black
Dorothy Black
11 November 1940 81 years, 92 days 11 February 2022
(Dorothy)
Queens, New York, United States [61][62][63][64][65][66][67]
Warren Clinton Snell
Arline (née Larson) Snell
25 February 1940 81 years, 20 days 17 March 2021
(Warren)
West Des Moines, Iowa, United States [68]
Michael Nikolaus
Katharina Nikolaus
26 December 1924 80 years, 358 days 19 December 2005
(Katharina)
Siegen, Germany [69]
Loyd Monroe Collins
Evelyn Eunice (née Garlington) Collins
11 August 1934 80 years, 333 days 10 July 2015
(Evelyn)
Louisiana, United States Recognized by the Louisiana Family Forum in 2012 [70]
William Henry Wilcher
Juanita Wilcher
12 May 1941 80 years, 312 days 20 March 2022
(William)
Virginia, United States [71][72]
John Paul Henderson
Charlotte (née Curtis) Henderson
22 December 1939 80 years, 299 days 16 October 2020
(John)
Texas, United States Recognized by Guinness World Records in 2019 as the oldest living married couple by aggregate age and oldest married couple by aggregate age[c] [73][74]
William Henry Olive
Vacle P. Olive
25 January 1941 80 years, 295 days 16 November 2021
(William)
Arkansas, United States [75][better source needed][76]
Ralph Lumb
Phyllis (née Wetherbee) Lumb
11 February 1941 80 years, 252 days 21 October 2021
(Phyllis)
Niskayuna, New York, United States [77]
Ronald Gilbert Collings
Esther Elizabeth Collings
19 October 1938 80 years, 187 days 24 April 2019
(Esther)
Adelaide, Australia Australia's oldest couple mark 80 years together [78][79][80]
Jón Albert Magnússon
Rita Rona Magnússon
14 July 1940 80 years, 97 days 19 October 2020
(Jón Albert)
Hvidovre, Denmark [81][82][83]
Allen Frandsen
Evelyn Frandsen
30 March 1942 80 years, 94 days Centerfield, Utah, United States Recognized by the Utah governor's office as the longest-married couple in the state [84]
Henry Hoell
Rosa (née Gurganus) Hoell
28 April 1941 80 years, 49 days 16 June 2021
(Rosa)
North Carolina, United States [85][86]
Jack Bare
Joan Bare
3 August 1939 80 years, 38 days 10 September 2019
(Jack)
Codsall, United Kingdom Britain's 'longest married couple' [87][88]
Peter Mascolo
Anna (née DiTuccio) Mascolo
23 April 1928 80 years, 9 days 2 May 2008
(Peter)
Connecticut, United States Parents of actor Joseph Mascolo [89]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Not recognized by Guinness World Records
  2. ^ At the time of Masao Matsumoto's death, on 17 May 2019, he (born 9 July 1910) was aged 108 years and 312 days and his wife, Miyako Sonoda (born 24 November 1917), 101 years and 174 days: a combined age of 210 years and 121 days
  3. ^ At the time of John Henderson's death, on 16 October 2020, he (born 24 December 1912) was aged 107 years and 297 days and his wife, Charlotte (8 November 1914 – 26 October 2021), 105 years and 343 days: a combined age of 213 years and 274 days

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