Jamaican woman world’s third-oldest person

Violet Moss Brown
Violet Moss Brown

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s oldest citizen, supercentenarian Violet Moss Brown, is approximately eight months younger than the world’s oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones of the U.S.

That status comes from information available from the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) website.

Moss Brown, who is ranked third by GRG, turned 116 on March 10. Mushatt Jones turned 116 on July 6, 2015, while second placed Italian Emma Morano turned 116 on Nov. 29 last year.

This means the three oldest human beings, which includes Moss Brown, are only separated in age by months.

Moss Brown, affectionately called Aunt V, lives in Duanvale, Trelawny. Her eldest child, Harold Fairweather, at age 95, is said to be the world’s oldest living child with a parent alive.

Japan has the most supercentenarians. The top 10 oldest people alive are all women. The highest ranking male is 112-year-old Israel Kristal, a Polish / Israeli citizen born on Sept. 15, 1903.