Hester Ford was either 115 or 116 years old depending on which census report was accurate.
Either way, she was the oldest living American when she died Saturday in Charlotte, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks “supercentenarians.” They listed her age as 115 years and 245 days.
She married John Ford at age 14, and gave birth to the first of her 12 children at age 15.
Her husband died in 1963 at age 57, three years after the couple moved to Charlotte.
“She not only represented the advancement of our family but of the Black African American race and culture in our country.
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