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Mary Ewen
Mary Ewen
Ewen at the claimed age of 128
Birth: 5 May 1878?
Coley Mountain, Manchester, Jamaica
Death: 10 April 2007
Mile Gully, Manchester, Jamaica
Age: 128 years, 340 days?
Country: JamaicaJAM
Longevity claimant

Mary Ewen (5 May 1878? – 10 April 2007) was a Jamaican longevity claimant who claimed to be the oldest living person as well as the oldest person ever, dying at the alleged age of 128 years, 340 days.


Ewen claimed to have been born in Coley Mountain, Manchester, Jamaica on 5 May 1878. Her father reportedly lived for 130 years. She married Tommy Ewen, also of Coley Mountain, and the couple had six children, two of whom outlived their mother, being 82 and 84 years old respectively in 2007. She worked as a midwife, and was very proud to do this job. In her final years, she was affectionately known as "Granny Mary".

In 2006, it was reported that Ewen was hard of hearing, and did not like to go too far away from her bed. She did not know how old she was, but assumed she was over 100. Ewen was a devout Christian who liked to attend church every Sunday until her mobility decreased and she was unable to. She was cared for by one of her granddaughters, Yvonne Hall. Ewen had never drunk alcohol, and was very fond of children.

Ewen died in Mile Gully, Manchester, Jamaica on 10 April 2007 at the claimed age of 128 years, 340 days. Her secret to a long life was "God's blessing and the eating of simple and healthy natural foods". She was survived by two daughters and 25 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.