Aunt V's Life Today

Aunt V boasts that those older than her cannot speak of having their eldest child still living at 95 years old. She currently lives at home with her eldest son, Harland Fairweather. They live on the same property that her Grand Parents and parents lived on for nearly 200 years. She remembers when she saw the first car and an airplane. She can recite a poem that she learned in basic school. She still reads without eye glasses. With a great sense of humor she tells of the life she lived in this remote and rural district in which there was no piped water or electricity.

Biography

Violet Mosse-Brown is the oldest Jamaican citizen and is the 3<sup>rd</sup>oldest person in the World. Aunt V, as she is affectionately called, is a native of Duanvale, Trelawny, Jamaica W.I. She lived there all her life which spans over a century. She celebrated her 115th birthday on March 15th, 2015 at the Glistening Waters Restaurant and Marina in Falmouth Ja, WI.

The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, has sent her a plaque of recognition for reaching this phenomenal milestone. She is the last living subject of Queen Victoria. She is the oldest person in Jamaica as well as the Caribbean. She is also the oldest living person with the oldest child alive, and has made history for this fact.

The World Genealogy Research Group, are consultants for the Guinness World Book of Records since the year 2000. The organization adjudicates and authenticates documents of the world’s oldest persons and identifies candidates for the title. Aunt V was identified and recognized as Jamaica’s oldest person, by Mr. Robert Young, Senior Data Base Administrator and Director of the Super Centenarian Department of  the World Genealogy Research Group. She received a plaque during her 115th Birthday ceremony presented to her by Mr. Young, who traveled from Atlanta, GA, USA to Jamaica to attend this special celebration.

Whenever she is asked about what has contributed to her longevity she proudly says “My faith in serving God, and believing strongly in the teaching of the bible.” She is especially fond of the part of the scripture in the Bible that says honor your parents that your days on this earth may be long.

Life of Aunt V

Aunt V was born March 10th, 1900, in Duanvale, Trelawny, Jamaica W.I. and is a post slavery survivor. In her early life, she worked as a plantation worker cutting cane for her masters, also working as a maid in their homes. Aunt V was Baptized over 100 years ago at age 13 in the Trittonvile Baptist church in the Duanvale district of Trelawny. She was raised in the Christian faith.

In later years she purchased her own property to plant sugarcane. She became an entrepreneur and cultivated her own sugarcane and also owned the only bread depot in the district. Back then, the donkey was their only means of transporting goods to market or carried it on their heads to sell so she could provide for her family. Walking from Duanvale to Browns Town and back took two days. She even carried shingle on her head from the mountain to assist in the reroofing of the Methodist Church which housed her school with the aid of her classmates after it was damaged. Despite the hardships of life back then she managed to raise and provide for her children. A community activist all her life, she was a music teacher and seamstress for the community. She became the organist, choir mistress and Secretary of the church and served the church for over 80 years.

She married Augustus Gaynor Brown the Cemetery Keeper. Part of his duties was to document the burials in the Duanvale Cemetery. After his death in 1997 she took over his functions and became the record keeper. At her 115th birthday celebration the Mayor referred to her record keeping as meticulous and exemplary. This is the responsibility of Parish Council. She actually kept the records and still has the records of those buried in the cemetery. Her method of record keeping is still used today by the parish council. The current Parish Councilor Telka Holt said, “Her record keeping method was the only one in the parish and the entire Jamaica.” Mayor Wilkinson said he and the Parish Council was extremely grateful to her for her work.