There is nothing like the love of a sibling. This couldn’t be clearer looking at Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas. These lovely sisters have spent every day for more than 100 years taking care of one another, and they are also considered the world’s oldest living twins.
Since the day they were born, November 22, 1912, the twins never left their hometown of Caerphilly, South Wales. Here, in the small mining village of Abertridwr, the two continue to enjoy a quiet existence, side-by-side.
Throughout the years the sisters have remained as close as can be, caring for one another, buying matching outfits, and sharing all of the ups and downs of life. The sisters, born the same year the Titanic sank, have lived through two world wars, the civil rights movement, the invention of the household computer and so much more. Read on to learn more about the world’s oldest twin sisters!
The twins pictured at 7-years-old, Florence (left) and Glenys (right)
Glenys’ daughter Gwenda Stacey, now 65, said: “They have lived a simple life. Neither Mam nor Aunty Flo can drive. They never went abroad. But they were always happiest together.”
Gwenda recalls her mother telling many stories about the “Good old days… My grandfather was a miner and very good with his hands. He made toys for the girls and their mother made their clothes. The whole family’s social life was centered on their church and community. You had to stay local in those days because it was so hard to get around. ”
The twins pictured at 21-years-old, Glenys (left) and Florence (right). The twins worked cleaning homes for wealthy people.
Gwenda said of her mother’s life growing up: “As young women, the twins both went into service – cleaning the homes of well off people. They weren’t allowed to go dancing or courting as teenagers. They led respectful and God-fearing lives – their parents were very religious.”
The twins’ father, John, was a miner and their mother, Margaret, made all of their clothes.
Glenys was the first to leave home when she married William Scrivens
William Scrivens was a miner who lived to be 68-years-old. When the two could not have children they adopted Gwenda.
When Glenys first moved out of the family home the sisters missed each other very much. After all, the sisters even shared a room together growing up. A couple years after Glenys was wed, Florence got married and moved in right next door to her twin sister.
25-year-old Florence with baby Yorwerth
Florence married a man named John Davies just a couple years after her sister’s wedding. Florence and John have 3 children together, as well as 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Florence never remarried after John passed away at 48-years-old.
Gwenda shares, “For all their independent years they lived side by side – raising families together, shopping, socialising and cooking together too.”
The sisters at 68-years-old celebrating Christmas together
“When both of them were widowed they really took care of each other. Like all sisters they fell out but they never stopped us kids from seeing each other,” said Gwenda.
Florence and Glenys celebrating 70th birthdays side-by-side, just like always!
Gwenda said, “Mam and Flo were always so active and independent. Right up until their 90s they would hop on the bus to go shopping together. They loved to look good and often bought the same outfits.”
Today, the two sisters still share every day together. Due to dementia they live at the Abermill Care Home, just a few minutes from Gwenda’s home. The sisters have attached rooms so that they can visit with each other whenever they want.
According to Gwenda, “They are physically very well – no ailments as such. But it is their mind that’s going. It can be like they are far away and mostly they don’t remember the family. Yet they still ask for each other. Their connection is lasting and truly life long.”
The couple that started it all: Meet Margaret and John, the late parents of Glenys and Florence
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