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James Sisnett (Sunrise: 22-Feb-1900 - Sunset: 23-May-2013)

James Emmanuel "Doc" Sisnett
February 20th 1900 – May 23rd 2013

Barbados’s only verified supercentarian James Sisnett had the distinction of being the second oldest living Man in the world and the oldest verified living Man in the Western Hemisphere. He was the pride and joy of many Barbadians both in Barbados and overseas. According to the Gerontology Research Group, Mr. Sisnett was the  last surviving verified black man born in the 19th century and also the second-oldest verified undisputed black man ever.
Sisnett was the fifth child born to James Albert Egerton and Matilda Ann Sisnett (née Pitt) at Saint George parish. After leaving school, Sisnett trained as a blacksmith and later worked in a factory making sugar and syrup until his retirement in 1970. In 1923, Sisnett married Anita Dowling, having 5 children until Anita's death in 1937. Sisnett later married Josephine Evelyn in 1942, with whom he had 6 children. 2 of Sisnett's sisters lived to be centenarians, and another two died aged 99 and 98 (courtesy of Wikipedia)