Violet Brown (née Mosse; born 10 March 1900) is a Jamaican supercentenarian who, at the age of 117 years, 37 days, is the oldest verified living person in the world since the death of Emma Morano on 15 April 2017. She is also the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica and the oldest verified Jamaican person ever. Her date of birth has been variously reported as 4 March 1900, 10 March 1900, and 15 March 1900; it was officially recognized as 10 March 1900 by the Gerontology Research Group in 2014. Brown was born when Jamaica was a part of the British Empire and is the last living former subject of Queen Victoria. She is, together with Nabi Tajima of Japan, one of the last two living people born in the 19th century.
Violet Brown became the eldest person alive after the passing of Italian Emma Morano.
Morano, believed to have been the oldest person alive and the last survivor of the 19th century, died Saturday at the age of 117, Italian media reported.
Morano, born on November 29, 1899, died at her home in Verbania, in northern Italy, the report said.
“She had an extraordinary life, and we will always remember her strength to move forward in life,” the mayor of Verbania was quoted as saying.
Morano’s death means there is no one living known to have been born before 1900.
Violet Brown was one of four children born to John Mosse, who was a sugar boiler, and Elizabeth Riley, who died aged 96. She was baptized at the age of 13 into the Baptist Church. She married Augustus Gaynor Brown, with whom she had one daughter.
Brown’s first child, Harold Fairweather (born 15 April 1920) is, at the age of 97 years, 1 day, believed to be the oldest person with a living parent.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed congratulations to Brown.