Probably the oldest person ever.

WDT 1 20 1915 C Harris obit

Wilson Daily Times, 20 January 1915.

Charity Harris‘ death certificate lists her age as 100, not 111.


Census records point to a birthdate in about 1830, making her in fact closer to 85 when she died.

In the 1870 census, Wilson township, Wilson County: Joseph Harriss, 56; wife Charity, 40; and children Joseph, 18, Arch, 18, Charles, 15, Sarah, 19, Amanda, 15, Jane, 10, Lucy, 6, Abraham, 4, and Henry, 5 months.

In the 1900 census, town of Wilson, Wilson County: Charity Harriss, 90, with grandchildren Rufus, 18, and Bettie Crudup, 11.

In the 1910 census, Wilson township, Wilson County: James Harris, 28, Dora, 22, and Rosa, 1, with grandmother Cherady Harris, 80. Next door: Arch Harris, 56, Rosa, 51, and children Jessie, 15, Annie, 12, and James, 12. On the other side: Minus [Mintus] Woodard, 32, Sarah, 25, and children Hattie, 13, Etta, 11, Minus, 6, Charrady, 5, Lizzie, 4, Redman, 2, and Creesey, 2 months. [Mintus Woodard’s previous wife, Martha Harris, whom he married in 1899, had been the daughter of Arch and Rosa Harris. See this post about the accidental shooting death of Charity’s son Abraham Harris. Mintus was a witness in the coroner’s inquest.]

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