Emma Tillman

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Emma Fanchon Faust Tillman (née Faust; November 22, 1892 – January 28, 2007) was the world's oldest living person for four days in late January 2007.[1]

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Emma Tillmann was born to sharecroppers in Sedalia, North Carolina on November 22, 1892, being one of 23 children and one of 15 children to live to adulthood.[1][2] She moved to Connecticut together with her family in 1900 and was a member of her local church (the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Hartford, Connecticut) since 1915, for a whopping 91 years in total.[1] Tillman was the President of the Chancel Choir for 15 years and the church Secretary for 13 years.[1] Since she could not find a job as a regular secretary due to discrimination, she had a career in catering, including baking cakes for both Katharine Hepburn's father and Jackie Robinson.[2] Tillman's husband died in 1939, before the United States's entry into World War II, and she also outlived one of her two daughters.[2] However, all of her Emma Tillman's siblings who moved to the Northern United States with her in 1900 ended up living beyond the age of 100.[2] Tillman died on January 28, 2007 and was survived by her 80-year-old daughter Marjorie and also by many other younger descendants of hers.[2] She was succeeded as the world's oldest living person by 114-year-old Japanese woman Yone Minagawa.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "1892Gallery.html, as of June 10, 2019". grg.org.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Medina, Jennifer (30 January 2007). "Obituary: Emma Tillman, world's oldest person, at age 114 - Americas - International Herald Tribune" – via NYTimes.com.