Last American Born In 1800s Dies; Here's What She Says Helped Her Live So Long

At 116, you're a living history book, especially in America, which led innovation through much of the 20th century. Born July 6, 1899, Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn was born to a sharecropper family in Alabama and lived through 20 presidencies. Last Friday, she died in her sleep at the incredible age of 116 after a life that spanned three different centuries.


According to CNN, only one other person in the world born in the 19th century is still alive — a woman in Italy.

What's Jones' secret to longevity? Before her death she spoke to the New York City Housing Authority and said that abstaining from smoking and drinking were major factors. What else? Loving relationships.

"I surround myself with love and positive energy," she said. "That's the key to long life and happiness."

And according to New York Daily News, there's another thing she frequently indulged in: bacon.