Friday, March 12, 2010

Two of America's Oldest Past Away on the Same Day

From a recent Yahoo News Article highlights 2 woman who were certified as the 2 oldest living in the US.

"Mary Josephine Ray, who was certified as the oldest person living in the United States died ... at age 114 years, 294 days. She died at a nursing home in Westmoreland but was active until about two weeks before her death, her granddaughter Katherine Ray said."

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"Ray died just hours before Daisey Bailey, who was 113 years, 342 days, said L. Stephen Coles, a director of the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks and studies old people and certifies those 110 or older, called supercentenarians."

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"The oldest living American is now Neva Morris, of Ames, Iowa, at age 114 years, 216 days. The oldest person in the world is Japan's Kama Chinen at age 114 years, 301 days."

From my research, there is a living American who is over 150 years of age and the oldest person in the world is nearly 2,800 years of age.

15 comments:

Ed said...

Did you catch this item, Ben?
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100310/twl-woman-130-wants-age-old-guinness-rec-3fd0ae9.html

Anonymous said...

I am 306 and will be 307 on May 12th.

Ben Abba said...

Yes!

I just found out about this woman about a couple of days ago. I will create a blog post on her shortly.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

Ben

Ben Abba said...

Thank you Anonymous for the commment. Is there anyway I can get more information about you and / or your life's history?

Ben

John said...

Hello Ben,
Around 4 to 5 months or more ago I found your interview on blog talk radio. I thought they would never be quit long enough to get your
interview going! LOL

I wanted to ask you some simple questions, but there doesn't seem to be a link to a email.
But I can understand why you wouldn't.

I just wanted to say that in my heart. I want to hope so much what you found is true. It is very inspiring to me and gives me hope for my own reasons.

I would love to continue this conversation but not in a comment area for a blog.
Blessings be to you and thanks.
John

Ben Abba said...

Thanks John for the comment. Due to the large amount of spam I am already getting without publishing my email address, I prefer to use this blog to communicate.

However, if you post to the blog your email address or a private conversation, it will not be posted but instead, I will communicate with you in a different way.

Blessings!

Ben

John said...

Hello again Ben and thank you for your reply. So I am not sure how to do a private thing here but you moderate the comments right?
So with this comment and others, I could send you my email through here and you would publish it right?

Ben Abba said...

Johnm

I moderate all comments. I have to due to the enormous amounts of spam, hate mail, threats, and those, like you, who desire a more private conversation.

So yes, if you post your email address, ask me a constructive question, and ask that we keep the conversation private, I will do so.

However, I am on overwhlem at the moment trying hard to get my first book published, so please be aware that I might not respond right away these days.

Anonymous said...

Ben...Sorry for my delay in responding to your post. I have been traveling and have been overwhelmed since my return. I will provide you with more details shortly.

Anonymous said...

I was born in the year 1703 in the colony of Pennsylvania. I had a normal life with normal parents. Nothing extraordinary. But my parents died in an accident when I was 9. Because my master was known to my father I was given over to him for my education and well being. I was treated generally well and learned his trade as an apprentice in silver. I was released from him to go into the world when I was 22. I continued to age normally. I stopped aging in my forties for reasons unknown to me but I have suspicions as to the origin of my situation. I have traveled around the world and have seen many things. I keep to myself but decided to comment when I came across your writing. I am not sure how much of my life you wish to know about so I will stop here unless you have more questions.

Ben Abba said...

Anonymous from 1703,

Yes, of course I am interested in hearing more about your life's story, some interesting experiences, your opinions of history, and your beliefs as to why you have extended your life.

I have proven I cn respect someone's privacy; which obviously is a concern to you.

So, yes, please tell us, or just me, your story.

Blessings!

Ben Abba said...

Anoymous I can leave your content off the blog and just respond to it here, unless you want me to coorespond to you directly via email. If so comment to this blog with an email address and I will keep it private.

As for my next questions:

1. Did you meet any historial figures in your past?
2. Did you see, hear, or have any experiences that are not in our common knowledge about history?

Be Well .... Ben

Ben Abba said...

anonymous, just to let you know I did receive your comments but have been buried in a project. I will try to respond this weekend.

Thank you!

Ben

Ben Abba said...

Thank you "William" for the interesting story. I have a feeling there are quite a few similar stories throughout history that would turn a few eyes.

Did you happen to meet or cross paths with any of our Founding Fathers or early members of our Continental Congress?

Did you feel your longevity is genetic or environmental, or something else?

Anonymous said...

I know that my longevity is not genetic nor is it environmental...but it is due to the intervention of someone which had an effect on me that placed my cellular aging activity on hold.

May you enjoy the seasons gifts, a fruitful bounty and the joy of good friends. Whist.....