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Anna Eliza Williams
Anna Eliza Williams
Birth: 2 June 1873
Burford, Shropshire, England, UK
Death: 27 December 1987
Swansea, Wales, UK
Age: 114 years, 208 days
Country: UK Flag UK
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Anna Eliza Williams (née Davies; 2 June 1873 – 27 December 1987)[1] was a British supercentenarian and the oldest person in the world from 2 February 1987 until her own death nearly eleven months later.

Biography

Anna Eliza was born at Burford, Shropshire, and died on 27 December 1987 at the Tuxedo Old People's Home, 104 Eaton Crescent, Swansea, Wales, aged 114 years 208 days, having moved to Swansea after her marriage. Her husband - William Henry Williams, a carpenter - died in 1954.[2] Williams attributed her longevity to "a life of idleness", along with "being a non-smoker and eating lots of vegetables". There was also a history of longevity in her family: her mother lived to be 98 and all seven of Williams' siblings lived beyond the age of 80, one surviving to 101. In addition, her daughter Constance Harvey (8 October 1906 – 18 June 2014) lived to age 107 years, 253 days. Williams broke the British longevity record on 12 July 1985.

On her 114th birthday Norris McWhirter paid her a visit at the Tuxedo Old People's Home, where she was living at the time. McWhirter brought her a spray of flowers and birthday card. She was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in the 1980s and early 1990s. She died on 27 December 1987 (the cause of death was simply given as "old age" on her death certificate) and her death was registered by her grandson two days later. Her British record of 114 years, 208 days was broken by Charlotte Hughes on 28 February 1992.

Following Williams's death, Florence Knapp became the oldest living person in the world, and Jeanne Calment became the oldest living person in Europe.

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United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel Swain • Mary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Christian Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Julia Gray • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline Beale • Fanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary Worthington • Jane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Ada Roe • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Frederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias Williams • Florence Pannell • Jeanetta Thomas • Alice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Jane Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Edith Ingamells • Emmeline Brice • Annie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice Bowman • Annie Turnbull • Elsie Steele • Margaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie Camm


World's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Betsy BakerChristina Karnebeek-Backs • Marie Olsen • Mary Kelly • Elizabeth Kensley • William Fullingim • Hannah Smith • John Mosley Turner • Johanna Booysen • Marie Bernatkova • Ada Roe • Josefa Salas Mateo • Alice Stevenson • Elizabeth Watkins • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Sophia DeMuth • Marie-Virginie Duhem • Fannie Thomas • Augustine Tessier • Nellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Anna Eliza Williams • Florence Knapp • Jeanne Calment • Marie-Louise Meilleur • Sarah Knauss • Eva Morris • Marie Bremont • Maud Farris-Luse • Grace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan • Maria Capovilla • Elizabeth Bolden • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Emma Tillman • Yone Minagawa • Edna Parker • Maria de Jesus • Gertrude Baines • Kama Chinen • Eugenie Blanchard • Maria Gomes Valentim • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Emma Morano • Violet BrownNabi Tajima

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