Maggie Barnes at the age of 115.
|Birth:||6 March 1882|
Black Creek, North Carolina, USA
|Death:||19 January 1998|
Kenly, North Carolina, USA
|Age:||115 years, 319 days|
Maggie Pauline Barnes (née Hinnant; 6 March 1882 – 19 January 1998) was a verified American supercentenarian who holds the record for the oldest verified person from the state of North Carolina. She claimed to be 117 but her age was verified as being born on 6 March 1882 (according to a family bible; the 1900 census said "Mar 1881") and she died 19 January 1998, from gangrene infection, at the age of 115 years, 319 days. She was survived by 4 of her 15 children. She was the 3rd-oldest verified living person and the 2nd-oldest in the United States after Sarah Knauss, although she has since been surpassed by Jeralean Talley, Besse Cooper, and Susannah Mushatt Jones, among others.
Maggie Pauline Hinnant was born in Black Creek, Wilson, North Carolina as the daughter of Louzaine Hinnant and an unknown father. She married William Orangie Barnes at Maggie’s stepfather Dread’s farm in Black Creek, Wilson 22 October 1899. The couple would have 15 children, of which eight would reach an adult age: Lillian, Clara, Gladys, Nell, Willie, Mary, Ruth and Mildred. The family moved to Kenly, Wilson, North Carolina in 1904 and Maggie spent the remaining part of her life in this area. Maggie Barnes died in Kenly, Johnston, North Carolina 19 January 1998 aged at least 115 years, 319 years.
- New Bern Sun Journal, March 8, 1996
- Burlington Times News, September 28, 1997
- Tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org, William and Maggie Barnes
- 1880 Census of mother (No Maggie listed)
- 1899 Marriage Record (Maggie Hinnant, age 19)
- 1900 US Census (Maggie Barnes is listed as having been born in March 1881)
- 1910 US Census (Maggie Barnes, age 30)
- 1920 US Census (Maggie Barnes, age 40)
- 1930 US Census (Maggie Barnes, age 48)
- 1940 US Census (Maggie Barnes, age 58)
- 1972 SSA (Maggie Barnes, March 6, 1882)
- NCDI (Maggie Barnes, 6 March 1882 - 19 January 1998)