An Irish woman named Mary Murphy, who died in August 1904 in Meadville, PA, claimed she was born in Dublin on Christmas Day 1770. This would have made her 134 years old when she passed away.

Murphy’s remarkable story was reported in a number of different newspapers when she died, but her claims are highly unlikely to be true, reports.

After researching vital records and cemetery records, one amateur genealogist determined that Murphy was “more like 104 years old” when she died.

According to US census records from 1870, there was a Mary B. Murphy of Meadville who was born in 1800 in Ireland. This could be the same woman. reports that she was one of several Mary Murphys from Ireland born that year who settled in Pennsylvania.

*Originally published in Decemeber 2014. 


Mary Murphy claimed she was born in Dublin on Christmas Day 1770.Getty Images/iStockphoto