The oldest living person known today is a 114 year old Connecticut woman whose parents had once been slaves. Emma Faust Tillman of East Hartford, Connecticut was born on November 22, 1892 in North Carolina. She has been widowed over 70 years and a member of the same church for 80. According to the Hartford Courant which had the story;
Tillman, one of 23 children, moved from North Carolina with her family to Glastonbury in 1895.
She graduated in 1909 as the only black student in her high school and later worked as a cook, maid, party caterer and caretaker for children of several wealthy families...
...Longevity runs in the family. One of Tillman's brothers lived to be 108, while one sister lived to 105 and two others lived to 102."
To live that long, I would need to triple my current age. Astonishing.