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Beaumont
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Hello,

Some of you may know I have been working on collecting data on centenarians from the region of North East England for some time now. I initially was just researching centenarians from my City, but I then later expanded it to a County level, and now Regional level. This is an ongoing project which is still far from complete but I thought it may be useful or interesting to some here to have access to the data as it stands so far.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSPvvKSqe3XAfmZH24TJuiKmn8GOwySbAA1lgG1B6VYtY4ne-bR6SpB2GfDYEvL3ZlYEbVvb7GRx_s-/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true

As I say I still have well over 1,000 cases indexed waiting for research and verification so it's a long way off being comprehensive, but even as it stands now it gives a decent overview into the centenarian population of the region through time.

Thanks

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Nearly 4,000 entries; that's superb work.

Number 2201 Dr Tony Leahy was a distant connection of mine. His grandfather is buried here. Although Kilmallock, Co Limerick was the birth registration district, the actual location was Ballysally, Co Cork. He would have been 102 today. His father died in 1969 aged 86, not a bad age for the time. His granduncle Dean Michael Canty was a high ranking churchman in the early part of the 20th century.

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Posted by: @finbarrc

Nearly 4,000 entries; that's superb work.

Number 2201 Dr Tony Leahy was a distant connection of mine. His grandfather is buried here. Although Kilmallock, Co Limerick was the birth registration district, the actual location was Ballysally, Co Cork. He would have been 102 today. His father died in 1969 aged 86, not a bad age for the time. His granduncle Dean Michael Canty was a high ranking churchman in the early part of the 20th century.

Thank you, it means a lot.

Interesting that longevity in his family seems to stretch back to the 19th century. Thanks for the info regarding his actual birth location, I will be sure to check and amend.

 


   
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Extraordinary work, Beaumont. Congratulations!

Is there any way to sort by birth date or death location/residence?

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Posted by: @024tomi

Extraordinary work, Beaumont. Congratulations!

Is there any way to sort by birth date or death location/residence?

Thank you!

I will post a more user friendly version at some point soon which allows things to be sortable.

 


   
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Great work Beaumont!

I can't imagine how much time this took to put together, you have a similar number of cases as on the OIB database. Did you have to purchase death certificates to get dates of death for earlier cases?

I had a rough look through the top of the list to see how comparable it was to OIB, I did spot one case not listed - Ethel May Stobbs (nee Pawson) born 2/5/1904 at Upleatham, died 10/1/2014 at Durham.

I do have cases on OIB for people aged 106+ from 2003 onwards (though not available publicly yet), so please let me know if I can be of any help in verifying those as I most likely have the information to hand already (at least for the vast majority of cases).

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Posted by: @andrew

Great work Beaumont!

I can't imagine how much time this took to put together, you have a similar number of cases as on the OIB database. Did you have to purchase death certificates to get dates of death for earlier cases?

I had a rough look through the top of the list to see how comparable it was to OIB, I did spot one case not listed - Ethel May Stobbs (nee Pawson) born 2/5/1904 at Upleatham, died 10/1/2014 at Durham.

I do have cases on OIB for people aged 106+ from 2003 onwards (though not available publicly yet), so please let me know if I can be of any help in verifying those as I most likely have the information to hand already (at least for the vast majority of cases).

Thanks so much Andrew, that means a lot. Almost 14 years worth of work and still not complete.

From 1993 onwards it is very simple to acquire death dates, but before then I rely on archived newspaper obituaries and probate indexes. I cannot afford to purchase death certificates for all the older cases in one go, but I am in the process of doing so as and when I can afford it (I've verified maybe 30 cases through buying certificates), but I try and avoid having to do that where I can.

You can see the amount of work still to do here (and this doesn't even include unresearched cases) - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSPvvKSqe3XAfmZH24TJuiKmn8GOwySbAA1lgG1B6VYtY4ne-bR6SpB2GfDYEvL3ZlYEbVvb7GRx_s-/pubhtml?gid=489210917&single=true

Yes I checked and can see I have Ethel Stobbs indexed on 22 Nov 2022 awaiting research and verification. I usually try and fast track the 107+ cases so I must have missed her. Thank you.

Thank you for offering to help with recent cases, if I come across one that I am struggling with then I shall certainly be in touch!

 

 


   
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Posted by: @024tomi

Extraordinary work, Beaumont. Congratulations!

Is there any way to sort by birth date or death location/residence?

Update as of 8 March 2023

Ordered by Age:> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSPvvKSqe3XAfmZH24TJuiKmn8GOwySbAA1lgG1B6VYtY4ne-bR6SpB2GfDYEvL3ZlYEbVvb7GRx_s-/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true

Ordered by Date of Birth: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSPvvKSqe3XAfmZH24TJuiKmn8GOwySbAA1lgG1B6VYtY4ne-bR6SpB2GfDYEvL3ZlYEbVvb7GRx_s-/pubhtml?gid=177273633&single=true

 


   
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@beaumont Thanks! It's quite impressive that when Ferdinad Ashmall died, the person that bettered his regional record hadn't even been born yet, and his male record stood circa 170 years.

P.S if you need help in the verification of any Eastern-European-born centenarian you couldn't verify so far, I'll gladly try to help.

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Progression of oldest person ever in North East England:

103 years, 27 days Ferdinand Ashmall (9 Jan 1695 - 5 Feb 1798) (male)
103 years, 328 days Ann Johnston (30 May 1801 - 23 Apr 1905)
104 years, 245 days Margaret Dinning (9 Dec 1818 - 11 Aug 1923)
107 years, 61 days Marion Joan Gauld (26 May 1843 - 26 Jul 1950)
107 years, 262 days Elizabeth Pattison (1 Jul 1875 - 30 Mar 1983)
115 years, 228 days Charlotte Marion Hughes (1 Aug 1877 - 17 Mar 1993)

Progression of oldest male ever in North East England:

103 years, 27 days Ferdinand Ashmall (9 Jan 1695 - 5 Feb 1798)
103 years, 304 days Richard Archbold (5 Sep 1860 - 5 Jul 1964)
106 years, 330 days John Leng (7 May 1862 - 2 Apr 1969)
107 years, 42 days Henry Holmes (21 Sep 1877 - 2 Nov 1984)
107 years, 242 days Benjamin Harris (20 Oct 1885 - 29 Jun 1993)
107 years, 309 days Frederick Galilee (17 Oct 1886 - 22 Aug 1994)
108 years, 156 days David Pearce (6 Jan 1898 - 11 Jun 2006)
109 years, 53 days Joseph Savage (17 Sep 1900 - 9 Nov 2009)
109 years, 110 days Joseph Cummings Dixon (1 Oct 1913 - 19 Jan 2023)

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Posted by: @024tomi

Progression of oldest person ever in North East England:

103 years, 27 days Ferdinand Ashmall (9 Jan 1695 - 5 Feb 1798) (male)
103 years, 328 days Ann Johnston (30 May 1801 - 23 Apr 1905)
104 years, 245 days Margaret Dinning (9 Dec 1818 - 11 Aug 1923)
107 years, 61 days Marion Joan Gauld (26 May 1843 - 26 Jul 1950)
107 years, 262 days Elizabeth Pattison (1 Jul 1875 - 30 Mar 1983)
115 years, 228 days Charlotte Marion Hughes (1 Aug 1877 - 17 Mar 1993)

Progression of oldest male ever in North East England:

103 years, 27 days Ferdinand Ashmall (9 Jan 1695 - 5 Feb 1798)
103 years, 304 days Richard Archbold (5 Sep 1860 - 5 Jul 1964)
106 years, 330 days John Leng (7 May 1862 - 2 Apr 1969)
107 years, 42 days Henry Holmes (21 Sep 1877 - 2 Nov 1984)
107 years, 242 days Benjamin Harris (20 Oct 1885 - 29 Jun 1993)
107 years, 309 days Frederick Galilee (17 Oct 1886 - 22 Aug 1994)
108 years, 156 days David Pearce (6 Jan 1898 - 11 Jun 2006)
109 years, 53 days Joseph Savage (17 Sep 1900 - 9 Nov 2009)
109 years, 110 days Joseph Cummings Dixon (1 Oct 1913 - 19 Jan 2023)

I had never done the work to calculate this, so thank you very much!

It's cool that NE England has the distinction of having the UK's second earliest verified centenarian on record, and also the UK's oldest person on record.

 


   
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Update as of 21 July 2023

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSPvvKSqe3XAfmZH24TJuiKmn8GOwySbAA1lgG1B6VYtY4ne-bR6SpB2GfDYEvL3ZlYEbVvb7GRx_s-/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true

Nearing 4,000 validations. Seems unbelievable considering where I started off with this project fourteen years ago.

 

MILESTONES

25 Jun 2009     Project founded as 'The Sunderland Centenarian Database'.

                      1 centenarian verification: David Hartshorne (1885-1985, SUND).

26 Aug 2009    50 centenarian verifications.

30 Dec 2009    100 centenarian verifications.

                       200 centenarian verifications.

22 Feb 2010    First pre-1900 centenarian verified: Jane Arnott (1771-1873, SUND).

25 Mar 2013   300 centenarian verifications.

22 Mar 2016   400 centenarian verifications.

12 Oct 2020    Project expanded as 'The Tyne and Wear Centenarian Database'.

13 Oct 2020    500 centenarian verifications.

18 Oct 2020    600 centenarian verifications.

25 Oct 2020    700 centenarian verifications

7 Nov 2020      800 centenarian verifications.

14 Nov 2020    900 centenarian verifications

20 Nov 2020    1,000 centenarian verifications.

23 Nov 2020    1,100 centenarian verifications.

26 Nov 2020    1,200 centenarian verifications.

1 Dec 2020      1,300 centenarian verifications.

4 Dec 2020      1,400 centenarian verifications.

13 Dec 2020    1,500 centenarian verifications.

29 Dec 2020    Expansion towards a 'North East England' database begins, with indexing

                        of deceased cases awaiting verification beginning.

4 Jan 2021       1,600 centenarian verifications.

14 Jan 2021     1,700 centenarian verifications.

17 Mar 2021   1,800 centenarian verifications.

25 Apr 2021    1,900 centenarian verifications.

12 Dec 2021    2,000 centenarian verifications.

28 Jan 2022     2,100 centenarian verifications.

1 May 2022     2,200 centenarian verifications.

2 Jul 2022        2,300 centenarian verifications.

16 Jul 2022      Expansion towards a 'North East England' database intensifies, with

                        hundreds more cases indexed awaiting verification.

17 Jul 2022      Project expanded as 'The North East England Centenarian Database'.

                        First pre-1800 centenarian verified, The Rev. Ferdinand Ashmall (1695-1798, DUR).

22 Jul 2022      2,400 centenarian verifications.

30 Jul 2022      2,500 centenarian verifications.

5 Aug 2022      2,600 centenarian verifications.

16 Aug 2022    2,700 centenarian verifications.

2 Sep 2022      2,800 centenarian verifications.

1 Oct 2022      2,900 centenarian verifications.

24 Oct 2022    3,000 centenarian verifications.

31 Oct 2022    3,100 centenarian verifications.

20 Nov 2022    3,200 centenarian verifications.

1 Dec 2022      3,300 centenarian verifications.

21 Dec 2022    3,400 centenarian verifications.

19 Jan 2023     3,500 centenarian verifications.

31 Jan 2023     3,600 centenarian verifications.

16 Feb 2023    3,700 centenarian verifications.

11 Mar 2023   3,800 centenarian verifications.

25 Jun 2023     3,900 centenarian verifications.

 


   
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This is an amazing accomplishment and I applaud your dedication.

It also confirms that the survival rate to 110 is low, with only about one in 500 centenarians reaching that milestone.


   
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Update as of 12 Nov 2023

Ordered by Date of Birth

 

Roughly I'd say this currently represents around 65-70% of the all time centenarian population of North East England. I still have a large list (1,000+) of unresearched and unverified cases, most of whom died after 2008.


   
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Update as of 1 Jan 2024

Ordered by Date of Birth


   
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