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Grace Thaxton
Grace Thaxton
Birth: 18 June 1891
Rockland, New York, USA
Death: 6 July 2005
Winchester, Kentucky, USA
Age: 114 years, 18 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Grace Thaxton (née Menges; 18 June 1891 – 6 July 2005) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Grace Thaxton was born in Rockland, New York on 18 June 1891 as the only child of Peter Menges and Harriet Menges (née Hardenburgh). She married Andrew Jackson Thaxton in 1914. They had one son, Robert, who was born in 1915. Her husband died in 1959.

She was the oldest person in Kentucky, the fourth-oldest person in the U.S. and the seventh-oldest documented person in the world at the time of her death. She also became New York state's all-time recordholder on 28 May 2005, aged 113 years, 344 days, breaking the record set by Mae Harrington in December 2002.[1]

Thaxton almost lived to see her son Robert Thaxton (1915–2011) turn 90 on 12 July 2005. Thaxton's mother, Harriet Menges (1860–1969) lived to 109. Thaxton's maternal grandmother, Esther Pauline Hardenburgh (1838–1936), was nearly 98 years old. Thaxton's paternal grandfather, Peter Menges (1817–1915), also lived for nearly 98 years. [2][3]

Thaxton died several weeks later in Winchester, Kentucky, on 6 July 2005 at the age of 114 years, 18 days.[4]