Tillman, born in a log cabin Nov. 22, 1892, in Gibsonville, N.C., to slaves, became the oldest person last Wednesday with the death of Emiliano Mercado Del Toro of Puerto Rico. Tillman, one of 23 siblings, died at Riverside Health Care Center, surrounded by family.
"It was her time," hospital administrator Karen Chadderton told the East Hartford (Conn.) Gazette. "It was an honor to have cared for her."
Tillman had been at the care center for four years. She had lived in Connecticut since 1900 when her family moved north to work the tobacco fields.
In 1920, she was among the first women to vote.