Mattie Mathews made her transition December 5, 2010. Michigan Resident Ms Mattie Ruth Mathews passed at age 122. For years our family estimated her age to be about 110, partly due to her remaining the age 76 for at least 4 birthday celebrations. That was until my cousin Tyrone found two US Census reports that revealed she was actually born in 1888 making her 122 years old. I researched further, contacting the Mississippi Archives they confirmed, Ancestor.com had the most accurate records. Ancestor.com also validated our grandmothers age and birth year. The Guinness Book of World Records stated they do not accept Census reports to validate information. Grandma was three months older than the person currently listed as the oldest person. Our grandmother was born a slave in this country. As times have changed, she saw many things, lived thru much history and deserves the acknowledgement of being the oldest person. Had she lived she would have turned 123 years old on Feb. 1st.
Grandma this is for YOU. always love