|Birth:||1 May 1875|
|Death:||14 December 1986|
|Age:||111 years, 227 days|
Joseph Thomas was born in Franklin County, Louisiana, to parents Frank and Silvia Thomas. Frank was a Caucasian farmer and Silvia was African-American; a relatively rare occurence in United States during the 1870s.
In 1901, when Joe was around 25-26, he married Sarah Taliaferro. She had been married previously and already had two children. The couple had an additional six children in total. During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. army.
Towards the end of his life, he battled a lengthy illness, from which he died on 14 December 1986. He lived to the age of 111 years, 227 days, and was believed to be the world's oldest living man at the time of his death.
|United States' Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • Alton Gilbert • Oscar Dubois • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • John Painter • John McMorran • Fred Hale • Earl Brush • Moses Hardy • Thomas Nelson • Antonio Pierro • George Francis • Walter Breuning • Shelby Harris • Salustiano Sanchez • Alexander Imich • Conrad Johnson • Wash Wesley • Felix Simoneaux • Frank Levingston • Clarence Matthews • Richard Overton • Henry Tseng • CP Crawford • Irving Piken • Lawrence Brooks • Ezra Hill