Nancy on her 105th birthday
|Birth:||5 September 1849|
|Death:||17 October 1958|
Liberty, Indiana, USA
|Age:||109 years, 42 days|
Nancy J. Ryan (née Rife; 5 September 1849 – 17 October 1958) was an American centenarian who was the world's oldest living person from the death of Marie Carstenson on 30 March 1958 until her own death on 17 October 1958, aged 109 years, 42 days.
Nancy was born in Indiana, USA on 5 September 1849. Her father, Daniel Rife (2 April 1809 – 19 July 1849), died of cholera before Nancy was born, leaving his wife, Cynthia Ann Rife (née Stanley; 7 October 1813 – 30 September 1903) to support a large family of children. Even as a centenarian, Nancy remembered the marching Union officers and men during the Civil War, when she was small girl who lived in Boston.
Her husband was a Civil War veteran, Daniel Ryan (1846–1922). They had at least 3 children: Hollis Beard, Thresa Maxwell Conover and Dolph Ryan. Last years of her life she lived with her daughter, Thresa, in Liberty, Indiana.
Nancy died in Liberty, Indiana, USA on 17 October 1958 at the age of 109 years, 42 days. She was buried at the Boston Cemetery, Wayne County, Indiana.
- The Indianapolis Star - 5 September 1954
- Obituary The Herald - 18 October 1958, Page 4
- Nancy J Rife Ryan Find A Grave