Margaret Skeete

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Margaret Skeete
Born Margaret Seward
October 27, 1878[1]
Rockport, Texas, United States[1]
Died May 7, 1994[1]
(aged 115 years, 192 days)
Radford, Virginia, United States
Nationality American
Other names Mattie Seward, Mattie Skeete, Martha Skeete
Known for Oldest living American from 1993 to 1994[1]
Spouse(s) Renn Skeete (died 1953)
Children Verne Taylor (1909-2009), Seward, Charles

R.H. Seward

Margaret Seward

Margaret Skeete née Seward (October 27, 1878 – May 7, 1994)[2] was an American supercentenarian and, from 1993 to 1994, the oldest living person in the United States. She was 115 years, 192 days old when she died.[1] Skeete is the oldest person ever from Texas.

According to her eldest daughter, Verne Taylor, Skeete was listed in the 1880 U.S. Census as a two-year-old.[1][2] Human longevity researcher Robert Young found a two-year-old "Mattie Seward", of Rockport, Texas, recorded in that census.[1] She was listed in the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living American.[1]

She was married to Renn Skeete, with whom she had three children; two of which died before Skeete did.[1] After Renn Skeete's death in 1953, she moved from Texas to Virginia to live with Taylor and Taylor's family.[2] She was survived by her daughter, Verne (January 31, 1909 - February 4, 2009), who lived to be a centenarian herself.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Maier, Heiner (2010). Supercentenarians. Springer. ISBN 3-642-11519-5. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Margaret Skeete, 115; Oldest American". The Los Angeles Times. May 11, 1994. Retrieved 2009-09-19.