The total number of centenarians in the world remains uncertain. It has been estimated by the Population Division of the United Nations as 23,000 in 1950, 110,000 in 1990, 150,000 in 1995, 209,000 in 2000 and 324,000 in 2005. In Japan, centenarian stats were found to be inflated by families collecting pension checks indefinitely. Our family tree has 12! Seven men and five women.
Because 100 years is so rare, for this honor roll, I’m counting direct ancestors, their children and their children’s spouses. Only three of our direct ancestors lived to be a hundred compared to 44 who lived to be 90+ (click the category link to see the list)
Marion Miner of the Central Valley at 103 Years 10 Months 5 Days is the record holder. Eliza Ann Dow Debeck lived to be 107 Years, 16 days , but she was our ancestor’s grand daughter, so not eligible for the award 😉
25% (4 out of 13) lived to 100 years, 3 months, maybe just long enough after the excitement of the big event?
In many countries, people receive a gift or congratulations on their 100th birthday. In the United States, centenarians traditionally receive a letter from the President, congratulating them for their longevity. The Today Show show has also named new centenarians on air since 1983. In the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms, the Queen sends greetings on the 100th birthday and on every birthday starting with the 105th. Centenarians born in Ireland receive a €2,540 “Centenarians’ Bounty” and a letter from the President of Ireland. Japanese centenarians receive a silver cup and a certificate from the Prime Minister of Japan upon their 100th birthday, honoring them for their longevity and prosperity in their lives. Swedish centenarians receive a telegram from the King and Queen of Sweden. Centenarians born in Italy receive a letter from the President of Italy.
An aspect of blessing in many cultures is to offer a wish that the recipient lives to 100. Among Hindus, people who touch the feet of elders are often blessed with “May you live a hundred years”. In Sweden, the traditional birthday song states, May he/she live for one hundred years. In Judaism, the term May you live to be 120 years old is a common blessing. In Poland, Sto lat, a wish to live a hundred years, is a traditional form of praise and good wishes, and the song “sto lat, sto lat” is sang on the occasion of the birthday celebrations–arguably, it is the most popular song in Poland and among Poles around the globe. Chinese emperors were hailed to live ten thousand years, while empresses were hailed to live a thousand years. In Italy, “A hundred of these days!” (cento di questi giorni) is an augury for birthdays, to live to celebrate 100 more birthdays. Some Italians say “Cent’anni!”, which means “a hundred years”, in that they wish that they could all live happily for a hundred years. In Greece, wishing someone Happy Birthday ends with the expression να τα εκατοστήσεις (na ta ekatostisis), which can be loosely translated as “may you make it one hundred birthdays”.
107 Years 16 Days — Enoch DOW’s granddaughter Eliza Ann Dow – bcdgddg – b. 25 Jun 1814 in Canterbury, New Brunswick; d. 11 July 1921 in Marpole, Old, British Columbia; m. 1837 to George Debeck (1814 – 1870)
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Longest lived of any Dow; Children b. Canterbury. About 1860 the whole family with others of the original Majorfield settlement went by caravan to Eburn, near Vancouver, BC. Eliza whose posterity is large, became the only centenarian in the Province and her birthday celebration was a notable event. She lived and retained her faculties six years longer.
See Enoch’s page for a detailed story of the DeBeck Family’s journey from New Brunswick to British Columbia. For example, Eliza Ann’s granddaughter was the first white child to be born in Richmond BC, today population 190,000 and site of an International Airport and Olympic Speed Skating.
103 Years 10 Months 5 Days — Marion Harland Miner was born 13 Mar 1882 in Rock Bluff, Nebraska. His parents were Philo Sidney MINER Jr. and Calista Jane LATTA. He married Florence Ora Brown about. 1907. Marion died 16 Dec 1985 in Dinuba, Tulare County, California. (Miner)
Marion was a farmer in the Central Valley. He lived to be 103 and died in Dinuba, Tulare County. His brother Anderson wrote in 1972:
At his 90th birthday celebration that “ol boy” don’t look a day older than he did twenty years ago. He does all of the irrigating and cultivating on 27 acres of vineyard and seems to thrive on it. His daughter Avalyn lives close by and he gets some of his meals there, but most of the time, he lives there all alone. Hope I can do that well.
103 Years — Elizabeth ANDREWS was born in 1614 in Stoneham, Southampton, Hampshire, England. Her parents were Henry ANDREWS and Elizabeth BOND. Elizabeth’s father emigrated to Dorchester, Mass in 1636, but returned to England and died in 1638 in Ashill, Somerset, England. Alternatively, Elizabeth emigrated with her brother Henry Jr. She married Thomas HARVEY in 1642 in Taunton, Mass. After Thomas died, she married (second) Francis Street, of Taunton, to whom she bore one daughter. She married (third) Thomas Lincoln, the miller, of Taunton on 10 Dec 1665. Lincoln died in 1683, and his widow in 1717, aged one hundred and three years. (Miner)
102 Years, 11 Months, 24 Days — Hannah Jewett was born 6 Apr 1699 in Rowley, Mass. Her parents were Maximilian JEWETT and Sarah HARDY. She married John Tenney 23 Jan 1718 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. Hannah died Mar 1802 in Bradford, Mass.
Hannah’s husband John Tenney was born 8 Dec 1692 in Bradford, Essex, Mass. His parents were Samuel Tenney and Sarah Boynton. John died 23 Aug 1732 in Bradford, Essex, Mass. (Miller)
102 Years, 6 Months, 27 Days — Ruth Fiske Estey was born 31 Mar 1800 in Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick. Her parents were Amos ESTEY and his cousin Mary (Molly) ESTEY. She married John S. Barker 20 Jul 1820. Ruth died 5 Jun 1831 in York, New Brunswick
Ruth’s husband John Spafford Barker was born 25 Oct 1792 in New Brunswick, Canada. His parents were John Barker and Mary Woodbury. John died 22 Apr 1895 in York, New Brunswick, Canada, age 102. (Miller)
101 years, 10 months, 28 days — Margaret Storey Latta was born 26 Feb 1839 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were John A. Latta and Mary Elizabeth McConahey. Her mother also lived to be a hundred, see below. Her grandparents were Robert McCONAHEY and Margaret STORY and William L. LATTA and Elizabeth RANKIN. Our ancestors were brother and sister of both her parents: William LATTA II and Jane McCONAHEY. Margaret married 9 Apr 1857 Clarinda, Page, Iowa to Pressley Martin Cain (b. 26 Feb 1838 in Beaver City, Beaver, Pennsylvania – d. 9 Jul 1911 in Douglas, Oregon). Margaret died 22 Jun 1941 in Oregon.
101 years 8 months 10 days — Sarah Estey was born 4 Oct 1694 in Topsfield, Mass. Her parents were Isaac ESTEY II and Abigail KIMBALL. She married Joseph Cummings 22 May 1712 Ipswich, Mass. Sarah died before 1754 in Topsfield, Mass.
Sarah’s husband Captain Joseph Cummings was born 1 Sep 1692 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. He was second cousin to his brother-in-law of the same name. His parents were Abraham Cummings and Sarah Wright. Joseph died 22 Apr 1794 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. (Miller)
101 Years, 7 Months 26 Days — Thomas MINER’s grandson Joseph Minor was born 4 Mar 1672/73 Stratford, CT. He died 30 Oct 1774 in Woodbury aged 101 years; He married Susanna Roots (b. 13 May 1678 in Fairfield, CT – d. 26 Apr 1738.)
Joesph served the town of Woodbury in many capacities for many years and achieved the military rank of Colonel.
100 Years, 3 Months 29 Days — Henry LANCASTER (Langstar, Langstaff, Lankester) was baptized 20 Apr 1605 in Woodplumpton, City of Preston, Lancashire, England. His parents were Edward LANGSTAFF b. 1580 Lathbury Parish, Buckinghamshire, England and Elizabeth COLLINS. He married Sarah [__?__] in England. Henry died 18 Jul 1705 in Dover, New Hampshire. Death was by injury 10 days after an accidental fall. “After ten days iIlness, about 100 years old, a hale, strong, hearty man” he died as a result of a fall. One record states that he fell into his lean-to, causing bruises and later inflammation. Another record, which seems to be the more popular one, states that he fell from his horse, He is buried at Bloody Point, as is his wife, Lora.
Henry was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1630/31, sent by Captain John Mason. In 1622, Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges received a patent from the Council for New England for all the territory lying between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers. In 1629 they divided the grant along the Piscataqua River, with Mason receiving the southern portion. The colony was recharted as the Province of New Hampshire. It included most of the southeastern part of the current state of New Hampshire, as well as portions of present-day Massachusetts north of the Merrimack.
Henry married Josephine Knight in 1637 in New Hampshire. He was in Dover by 1648. Henry died 18 Jul 1705 in Dover, New Hampshire. Death was by injury 10 days after an accidental fall. “After ten days iIlness, about 100 years old, a hale, strong, hearty man” he died as a result of a fall. One record states that he fell into his lean-to, causing bruises and later inflammation. Another record, which seems to be the more popular one, states that he fell from his horse, He is buried at Bloody Point, as is his wife, Lora. (Shaw)
100 Years 3 Months 23 Days – Mary Elizabeth McConahey was born 31 Jan 1804 in South Shenango, Crawford, PA. Her parents were Robert McCONAHEY and Margret STORY. She married John A Latta 9 Mar 1801 in Crawford County, PA. Her daughter Margaret Story Latta also lived to be over a hundred, see above. Mary died 23 Apr 1904 Herman, Washington, Nebraska.
Our ancestors are this couple’s brother and sister. Jane McCONAHEY was born 9 Oct 1799 in Crawford County, PA She married William LATTA II 17 Jan 1822. Jane died 19 Nov 1869 in Cass County, Nebraska.
100 Years, 3 Months, 11 Days — Moroni Miner was born 4 Jun 1835 in Kirtland, Ohio. His parents were Albert Miner and Tamma Dufree. Albert Miner (1809 – 1848) was the grandson of Sgt Elihu MINER Jr. and the first cousin of Philo Sidney MINER Sr. He married Nancy Elizabeth Chase 4 Feb 1861 in Utah. Nancy was born 27 Nov 1845 and died 3 Jun 1928 in Springville, Utah. Moroni died 14 Aug 1935 in Springville, Utah. Lived to 100, A healthy Mormon lifestyle?
Tamma wrote in her autobiography:
On the 4th day of June 1835. I had a son born, called his name Moroni, and Joseph Smith blessed him and said: “he should be as great as Moroni of old and the people would flee unto him and call him blessed.” They were still building the Temple. There were some of the brethren who came from a distance and stayed until the next Spring. Some stayed with us and received their endowments and were there to the dedication of the Temple in March 1836. [Angel Moroni is the angel that Joseph Smith, Jr. claimed visited him on numerous occasions and led him to the golden plates from which he translated the Book of Mormon]
A Short History of Moroni Miner Who Lived to Celebrate his 100th Anniversary
Moroni Miner, oldest resident of Springville, Utah, celebrated his one-hundredth
birthday Tuesday June 4, 1935, with a family reunion. Invitations were Issued to 500 relatives and friends, including the Black Hawk Indian War veterans and committeemen, and a number of other citizens; also to Sons and Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the older citizens of Springville, and Church Officials.
The program began at 10 a.m. at Park Ro-Shee in Springville. It was carried on as follows:
Baseball and other sports, 10 a.m. to noon; 12 noon to 2 p.m. picnic, program and stunts; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., swimming and other sports; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., intermission and lunch. At 7:30 p.m. a pageant, portraying the life of Mr. Miner’s mother, Tamma Durfee Miner, written and directed by Mrs. Eva Maeser Crandall, was presented In the Second Ward Chapel. A dance followed,
Mr. Miner, whose formula for a long life includes much work, a cheerful attitude and a desire to be useful, was born June 4th, 1835, in Kirtland, Ohio, a son of Albert and Tamma Durfee Miner. His parents lived at Nauvoo at the time the Latter-day Saints were
driven from that country, and Mr. Miner recalls seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith many times.
After the family moved to a settlement on the Des Moines river, Mr. Miner’s father died and he was forced to make a living for himself at the age of 13 years. He started west with the Brigham Company, but due to his age and not having the consent of his mother, he was advised to return to his family.
In June 1850, with his widowed mother and all her possessions-two oxen, two cows and a wagon, scant provisions and seven children, Mr. Miner crossed the plains. He walked the entire distance of 1000 miles, driving cattle and sheep along the way. He states that during this memorable journey, great herds of buffalo blocked the road and had to be driven back to make passage.
Upon arriving in Utah, the family lived on a farm near the Jordan River until 1851, When they came to Springville, where Mr. Miner has since made his home.
Many are the Interesting stories of early Pioneer life and early Indian uprisings, related by Mr. Miner in a history written by himself. In 1854, with others, he went to Cedar Valley, to burn charcoal for use by the Salt Lake City blacksmiths. The Industry progressed well until they were discovered by the Indians, who drove them away and burned their belongings. That same year Mr. Miner was called upon to act as guard in the Indian War, and he assisted in moving all the houses outside the eight central blocks in Springville, into a fort. It was during this year, also, that he assisted in building a 12-foot wall around the original eight blocks of the City, the wall being constructed by taxation and donations against Indian attacks.
He was called as a young man to assist in building a fence across the mouth of the canyons east of Springville, as a protection against Indians. He tells of many anxious hours spent guarding the canyons from which Indians would swoop down into the valleys burning and plundering as they came.
When a young man he also was called to haul freight from the Missouri River to Utah enduring many hardships and dangers on the journeys. They also hauled the mail on these trips.
An interesting quotation from his life’s history states: “In June of 1859, the holidays coming on, I was short of ready means I therefore yoked up my oxen and took a scythe into the field and cut a load of hay. After curing it I loaded it onto my wagon and hauled it to Camp Floyd, forty miles away, and sold it for $10.00 This money bridged me along during the holidays in a very satisfactory, manner.”
In another portion of the sketch he states. “In the fall of 1863, word came that there was a scarcity of flour in Montana. I loaded up 4000 pounds and with Alex Robertson, Bringhurst and Houtz outfits, of four or five wagons, all loaded with flour, left for Montana. Arriving there we sold our loads for $25.00 per hundred Pounds. I took a four mule team and wagon and some gold dust as my share.” That fall Mr. Miner states wheat took a jump to $8.00 per bushel.
Moroni, with his brother Carlos Miner, took a contract with the Central Pacific Railway company, in 1869, to build the grade at Promontory Point where the golden spike was driven to mark the spot where the east and west railroads came together.
Mr. Miner also assisted in the construction of the first irrigation canals in this vicinity and helped to build the first meeting house. He was instrumental in bringing educational advantages to pioneer family children in this community.
During his middle and later life, Mr. Miner engages in the grocery business and also has been a successful farmer and stockman.
He married Nancy Elisabeth Chase in February 1861. She died in 1928, at the age of 83 years. They were the parents of twelve sons and three daughters. One child died in infancy, three boys died young, and the rest grew to maturity. Eight sons and two daughters have been married in the Salt Lake Temple.
Aside from the work in Civic affairs, Mr. Miner has always taken an active part in Church affairs, serving in numerous capacities in the auxiliary organizations. He filled a mission to the Southern States in 1893, leaving at the age of 58 years to begin his mission. Because of his advance age, he resigned from the Stake High Priests in 1914.
Despite his 100 years of life, many of which have been filled with hardships and disappointments, Mr. Miner is still young for his years. He gets about his home, attends Church and sometimes entertainments, converses on topics of the day, and enjoys tales
of pioneer life. He looked forward with a child’s enthusiasm to his 100th birthday celebration and said he hoped to have many more. (However, he passed away during the following year.)
He lived to see five generations of his family and was privileged to attend the Golden Wedding celebration in 1933 of his eldest son Bert and wife in Springville. Other living children at the 100th anniversary of Moroni, were: Mrs. Elizabeth Miner Whitmore, Gloyd, M.F, and Paul Miner from Springville, Utah; George Miner, San Francisco, California; Thorn Miner, Philadelphia, Pa., Austin Miner, Provo, Utah; Mrs. Ruth Miner Bennion, Vernal, Utah, together with their families. He had 49 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild when he was 100 years of age.
Elder George Albert Smith of the Council of Twelve, and President Samuel 0. Bennion, of the First Presidents of Seventy, represented the General Authorities, and spoke in the afternoon meeting.
Mr. Moroni Miner received hundreds of telegrams and letters of congratulation during the day, among them a personal letter from President Heber J. Grant, congratulating him on having lived a full century.
Moroni immediately began his plans to go to the encampment of the Black Hawk Indian War Veterans to be held at Nephi Aug. 13, 14, 15, 16 and expressed a desire to camp out all of those days and nights. (Miner)
100 Years, 3 Months, 10 Days — Desire CUSHMAN was born 18 Sep 1710 in Plympton, Mass. Her parents were Samuel CUSHMAN and Fear CORSER. She married Ebenezer FOSTER on 17 Sep 1730 in Attleboro, Mass. Ebenezer died from consumption 18 Jun 1749 in Cumberland, Providence, RI. After Ebenezer died, she married John Allen of Bristol County. Desire died 27 Nov 1810 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass when she was a hundred years old! – Over 60 years after Ebenezer had passed. (Shaw)
100 years 1 month 20 days – Esther Wilmarth
100 years 1 month 20 days – Esther Wilmarth was born 28 Nov 1681 Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan WILMARTH and Esther PECK. She marrid William Dryer 4 Mar 1707/08 Rehoboth Esther died 4 Mar 1741 in Rehoboth, Mass
Esther’s husband William Dryer was born 28 Nov 1684 in Taunton, England. His parents were William Dryer and Anna Locke. He immigrated in 1704. William died 18 Dec 1784 in Rehoboth, Mass(came in 1704) D. 100 YRS OLD. (Shaw)
100 Years – Mary Latta was born in 1739 in Ireland. Her parents were Samuel LATTA and Mary McCOBB. She married Robert Glenn in Airsty, Ireland. Mary died in 1839 (Miner)
Alan McCobb, the McCobb family historian, has seen other sites that say that Mary’s parents, Samuel Latta and Mary McCobb married in 1754.
100 Years – Timothy Richardson was born 6 Dec 1682 in Woburn, Mass. His parents were Stephen RICHARDSON and Abigail WYMAN. He married Susannah Holden in 1713 in Woburn Mass. Timothy died 1 Jan 1716/17 in Wobrun Mass.
Timothy’s wife Susannah Holden was born 16 Oct 1694 in Billerica, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Justinian Holden and Susannah Dutton. Susannah lived to be a 100 years old and died in 1794 – Malden, Middlesex, Mass. (Shaw)