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Justine Cognon
Justine Cognon
Justine Cognon on her 110th birthday.
Birth: 14 April 1911
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
Age: 110 years, 285 days
Country: Guadeloupe (France)GLP,FranceFRA

Andrée Justine Cognon (née Bordelais; born 14 April 1911), also known as Man Tintin, is a French supercentenarian from the overseas department of Guadeloupe whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Early Life

Justine Cognon was born Bordelais in Papin, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France on 14 April 1911. She had six siblings (all deceased as of 2019). Her parents were farmers.

Cognon married Celestin Cognon, after what she was surnamed "Man Tintin". They lived in Bazin (Les Abymes) and had eight children: three boys and five girls (who later gave them 21 grandchildren and about ten great-grandchildren). With her husband, she was a farmer: they harvested sugar cane, and tied it. They also liked to go at dances.

Cognon never beat her children, but was firm and knew how to be obeyed. Her children describe her as a loving mother, and her grandson Gilles Cognon says that one word which fits her is "love".

Later Life

Cognon was widowed in 1996. Since 2014, she lives in her daughter Marga's house. In October 2016, Cognon was one of fifteen centenarians who were invited to an event which honoured the centenarians, organized for the first time in the occasion of the "Semaine Bleue" (Blue Week).

Cognon celebrated her 110th birthday with her family in April 2021. At the time, she used sewing, singing, and looking the flowers in her garden. Her oldest daughter, Germaine, was aged 82.

Cognon currently lives in Boiripeaux, Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France, at the age of 110 years, 285 days. She is the third-oldest known living person in Guadeloupe, after Irena Martial and Juliana Sambin.