Geert Adriaans Boomgaard

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (bapt. 23 September 1788 – 3 February 1899)[1] was a Dutch supercentenarian and is generally accepted by scholars as such as the first validated case on record.[2][3]

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard
Geert Adriaans Boomgaard.jpg
Boomgaard in 1888, at age 100
Born(1788-09-23)23 September 1788
Groningen, Netherlands
Died(1899-02-03)3 February 1899
(aged 110 years, 135 days)
Groningen, Netherlands
Known for
  • First validated supercentenarian
  • Oldest person ever until 1902
  • Oldest male ever until 1966


Early lifeEdit

Little is known about Boomgaard's life: he was born in Groningen, Netherlands. His parents were Adriaan Jacobs Boomgaard (1763–1844) and Geesje Geerts Bontekoe (1762–1834).[4] His father was captain on a boat, and civil records say that Geert had the same job.[5][non-primary source needed] In addition to captaining a boat, other sources say that he also served as a soldier in the 33rd Light Infantry Regiment in Napoleon's Grande Armée.[6]


At the age of 29, on 4 March 1818, he married Stijntje Bus (baptized 19 February 1797 – died 24 March 1830).[4][5] Stijntje died aged 33, a month after the birth of their 8th child. A year later, on 17 March 1831, Boomgaard married Grietje Abels Jonker (baptized 19 May 1793 – 18 May 1864),[4] with whom he had four more children, for a total of 12.

He survived all his children: his last surviving child, Jansje Hinderika, died at the age of 57 in May 1885.[citation needed]


Boomgaard in the 1890s

On 8 January 1897, Boomgaard surpassed the final age of Belgian Pierre Darcourt (108 years and 108 days) to become the oldest man ever, and by 10 April 1898, he was older than Swedish woman Kirsti Skagen, therefore making him the oldest ever verified person at that time.

He died at the age of 110 years and 135 days. The first female supercentenarian was Margaret Ann Neve—who surpassed Adriaans’ final age—although his lifespan as the longest ever lived male was not surpassed until 29 October 1966, by John Mosely Turner.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Baptismal certificate 23 September 1788 Groningen Martinikerk. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Table A – Verified Supercentenarians (Listed Chronologically By Birth Date)". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ Gerontology Research Group
  4. ^ a b c "NOORDER RONDBLIK Geert A. Boomgaard uit Groningen werd het oudst van alle Nederlanders" (in Dutch). 3 April 1982. Retrieved 14 March 2019 – via Groninger archieven.
  5. ^ a b "Akte – Groninger Archieven". (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ Derniers vétérans de l'Armée napoléonienne, Premier Empire (in French)