October 27, 1878
Rockport, Texas, United States
|Died||May 7, 1994
(aged 115 years, 192 days)
Radford, Virginia, United States
|Other names||Mattie Seward, Mattie Skeete, Martha Skeete|
|Known for||Oldest living American from 1993 to 1994|
|Spouse(s)||Renn Skeete (died 1953)|
|Children||Verne Taylor (1909-2009), Seward, Charles|
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Margaret Skeete née Seward (October 27, 1878 – May 7, 1994) 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.
According to her eldest daughter, Verne Taylor, Skeete was listed in the 1880 U.S. Census as a two-year-old. Human longevity researcher Robert Young found a two-year-old "Mattie Seward," of Rockport, Texas, recorded in that census. She was listed in the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living American.
She was married to Renn Skeete, with whom she had three children; two of the three died before Skeete did. After Renn Skeete's death in 1953, she moved from Texas to Virginia to live with Taylor and Taylor's family. She was survived by her daughter, Verne (January 31, 1909 - February 4, 2009), who lived to be a centenarian herself.
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