The Yeldell Family (Through My Eyes)

{September 7, 2012}   Mamie Rearden 114

Normally when I do a post it is about my family.  Today’s post may or may not be about MY family (still checking on that) but it is definitely a post worth writing.   Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, SC turns 114 years old today.  This is important to me for several reasons.

1)  She is the oldest Living African American Woman in the United States

2)  She attends the same church as my grandparents when they lived in Edgefield and probably has family members that were founders of that church.

3) she went to school with my grandmother and finally

4) She is the same age as my grandmother would be if she was alive today.

I have a connection with her in so many ways but most importantly because she was the reason why my grandparents were honored in the Edgefield Advertiser in February of this year.  If you remember the story went something like this:

“I was watching the Today show and they were honoring people over the age of 100.  The name Mamie Rearden popped up.  She turned 113 years old on September 7, 2011.  She is from Edgefield, South Carolina and attends Springfield Baptist Church.  When I saw and heard that I lost it.  I stated how great it would be for me to get to talk with her.  She was born the same year (1898) as our grandmother the late Annie Mae Senior Yeldell.  I knew that if I could speak with her she could give me so much information on our family.  So I went to the internet and started to read about her.  I got names of her children and learned that she is of sound mind.  So I thought some more and decided to contact the African American genealogist library to see if there is any way I could speak with her.

Tonya Browder who is the head of the African American genealogist research library and my contact for all things Edgefield gave me the number to a reporter with an Edgefield paper.  She told me that if anyone could get me an interview with Mrs. Rearden it would be her.  So I contacted this reporter.  I explained to her who I was and what I would like to do.  I talked about how our grandparents were born there and migrated to DC as well as spoke about how they attended the same church as Mrs. Rearden while living in Edgefield.  I told her once they settled in the DC area they founded their own Springfield Baptist.  This woman thought that was a wonderful story and is placing an article about our grandparents and their children in the Edgefield Advertiser.  She wants pictures of the Grandma and Granddad, a picture of Springfield Baptist church in dc, a picture of the cornerstone with granddaddy’s name and the names of their children.  My mouth dropped to the ground.

She will be writing this article and placing it in the paper the first week of February for Black History month.  She told me that she would send me a copy once it is done I thought about waiting but I decided to share this with all of you now.  The article will be written by Suzanne Derrick editor and owner of the paper.  I have sent her all of the info that I have found on our family so far and will be in contact with her until the article is written.  If you have any input (pictures, little known facts etc.) outside of what I already know please pass it on to me so that I can forward it to her.  Oh yea and she is going to get me the interview with Ms. Rearden.”

It is because of the story listed above my connection to Mrs. Rearden has grown.  I am still trying to get to Edgefield to maybe get that interview.  But wishing her a Happy Birthday is the most I can do.
Until Next Time….

video of Mrs. Rearden at the age of 110


Kristin says:

Happy 114th Birthday Mamie Rearden, if anyone is interested in more information on these amazing people or other supercentenarians(people over 110 years) we track all verified living supercentenarians at

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