Oldest American is at least 114

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hester Ford is at least 114 years old. She was born in 1905, or maybe 1904 — no one’s quite sure, according to the Charlotte Observer.

She’s also the oldest living American as of Nov. 23.

Ford succeeds Alelia Murphy, who died last weekend as the oldest living American at 114 years and 140 days old, CNN reported.

Ford was born the youngest daughter of a farmer a little more than a month after Murphy’s birth and only a state away in Lancaster County. In 2018, a TV station uncovered U.S. Census data from April 28, 1910, that listed Ford’s age as 5, meaning she could have actually been born in 1904.

Ford has lived in Charlotte since 1953, where she raised 12 children with her husband.

She now “struggles with dementia and hearing loss” but can still recite Psalm 23 “without skipping a beat.”

Sshe’s the oldest living American _ and seventh oldest in the world.


The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

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