The oldest person in New York state is Susannah Mushatt Jones, who was born July 6, 1899, and is 113. She is the sixth-oldest person in the world. Jones was born in Alabama.
Evelyn Jacobson Kozak, is the second-oldest person in the state. Kozak, who is a New York state native, was born Aug. 14, 1899, and is the ninth-oldest person in the world. She is the oldest Jewish person in the world.
The group says the oldest living American is Elsie Marie Thompson, who was born April 5, 1899, and is closing in on her 114th birthday. She is the fourth-oldest living person in the world.
Thompson became the oldest American with the death earlier this year of Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, S.C., who died at 114. She had been the oldest person in the country for only two weeks, following the death of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa, who was born Sept. 7, 1898.
The oldest person in the world is a Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, who was born April 19, 1897, and is almost 116.
The oldest woman in the world, Misao Okawa, also of Japan, was born March 5, 1898, and recently turned 115.
The oldest person ever in the U.S. was Sarah Knauss, who died Dec. 30, 1999, three months after celebrating her 119th birthday.
Knauss is recognized as the second-oldest person ever. Guinness World Records recognizes Jeanne Calment of France as the oldest, having lived to 122 years, 164 days, before her death in 1997.