Nellie Swayne
Birth: 13 December 1883
Ashland, Nebraska, USA
Death: 14 September 1995
Riverside, California, USA
Age: 111 years, 275 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Nellie Mildred Swayne (née Hindman) (13 December 1883 – 14 September 1995) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was one of the oldest known people in California, USA, when she died.


Nellie Swayne was born Nellie Mildred Hindman on 13 December 1883 in Nebraska, USA, to parents James Hindman and Canadian-born Almira (née Swerdfigger) Hindman. When she was six years old, she moved with her family to Colorado. On 13 February 1904, two months after her 20th birthday, she married Francis Arthur Swayne in Cortez, Colorado, USA, and had four children with him: Winnifred, Mildred, Ruth, and Lola.

Both Nellie and Francis worked on the Native American reservations in several different US states, including Nevada, Oklahoma, and California. In around 1921, the family moved to Hemet, California, where Francis was a fruit rancher. In 1945, the family moved to Riverside, California, where Francis worked in real estate and Nellie was a housewife.

Francis Swayne passed away in 1956, leaving Nellie a widow. Despite her husband’s death, Nellie continued her enthusiasm for living, her love for writing poetry, and singing her favourite hymns. In her later years, she lived at the Extended Care Hospital in Riverside, California.

Nellie Swayne passed away on 14 September 1995 in Riverside, California, USA, at the age of 111 years, 275 days. She was survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. Her claim was verified by E. A. Kral (who wrote a short biography on her), Thomas Breining, and Robert Young and validated by the GRG on 28 October 2005.


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