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    At what age did your ancestors die?

    I have been pleasantly surprised to find ancestors from the 1700s who were in their 80s and 90s when they died. They were simple country folk, joiners, shoe makers blacksmiths etc. In the 1800s this dropped because they had moved to the cities and many became coal miners. Presumably many of the men started smoking too.
    What does everyone else find? Healthy country folk living to a decent age?
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    I have ancestors who lived long lives, and I have ancestors who died young. It's a mix.

    I now know I won't die young (too late for that).

    My dad is still going strong at 86, but his dad died at age 35. There you go.

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    My oldest known ancestor was my 5x great grandmother on my dad's side Catherine Clegg (nee Jones), who was born in Barmouth, Merionethshire (now Gwynedd), Wales in about 1783. She (and possibly her parents) moved to Manchester, England at some point between then and the 1820s. She died on 24th November 1884 due to senile decay. Her daughter, and sister of my ancestor, pre-deceased her in her early fifties a few months earlier due to a spinal disease. She's the second oldest person in my tree, behind Roseanne Moxham (nee Rainford), who married first cousin three times removed. She was born in Preston, England on 18th July 1899 and died on 29th August 2004 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA (the Moxhams emigrated in the 1920s, my relative becoming a steel mill worker). Her husband died in the 1950s due to complications of surgery,whilst their daughter is still alive at the age of 93.

    My dad is still alive at 60 and is in fairly good health. My mum died in 2004 aged 47 due to multiple medical complications relating to polycystic kidney disease, which has and is affecting quite a few people on her side of the family.

    Paternal grandfather - Died at the age of 76 from stomach cancer, he had smoked for several years.
    Paternal grandmother - Died at the age of 63 from bronchitis in hospital after falling down the stairs and breaking her hip.
    Maternal grandfather - Died at the age of of 82 from an haemorrhaging artery.
    Maternal grandmother - Died at the age of 35 from a brain haemorrhage which was a complication of her kidney disease.

    Paternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 60 from hepatitis B and cirrhosis.
    Paternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 68 from a cerebral haemorrhage.
    Paternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 64, but I don't know what the cause of his death was.
    Paternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 73 from cancer.
    Maternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 49 from myocarditis, emphysema and bronchitis.
    Maternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 58, she was hit by a car after wandering into the street late at night and suffered severe head injuries, dying a couple of days later.
    Maternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 78, but I don't know what the cause of his death was.
    Maternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 46 from stomach cancer.

    In earlier generations, it seems most of my ancestors died in their sixties and seventies, although some lived into their eighties and nineties, a few examples include -

    My 5x great grandfather on my direct patrilineal line, Thomas Smith, who was born about 1768 and died in 1855 at 87. He may be the Thomas Smith mentioned in a newspaper article in the 1830s who was marrying his seventh wife and had over 20 children with the previous six.

    My 5x great grandfather, also on my dad's side, Daniel Edmondson, was born c1782 and died in 1868 at 86.

    My 6x great grandfather, again on my dad's side of the family, William Proctor, who was born c1781 and was listed in the 1871 Census as a 91 year old. I don't know when he died, but I can't find him in the 1881 Census, so I presume he died before then.

    My 3x great grandmother on my mum's side, Anne Mary Callaghan (nee Keough), was born c1832 and died in 1920. She married a soldier and during her life he was stationed in places such as China and what is now South Africa, which is where their oldest child and the brother of my ancestor was born.

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    Paternal grandfather - Died at the age of 88 from Intestinal cyst
    Paternal grandmother - Died at the age of 90 from old age.
    Maternal grandfather - Died at the age of of 80 from Bowel cancer ?
    Maternal grandmother - Died at the age of 79 from a Heart attack

    Paternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 71 from unknown
    Paternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 52 from a unknown.
    Paternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 40, from a farming accident.
    Paternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 50 from starvation , inability to move with prior injury during WW1 .
    Maternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 69 from Pneumonia.
    Maternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 71, from a heart attack
    Maternal great grandfather - Died at the age of 58, "accidently" shot during WW1 - non combatant.
    Maternal great grandmother - Died at the age of 69 from heart attack

    Father - died at age of 86 from lung haemorrhage from Pneumonia


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    Averages of ancestors with data available:
    Generation 3 (grand-parents): 84 (83/86/75/92)
    Generation 4: 69 (84/77/77/71/73/41/35/90)
    Generation 5: 67
    Generation 6: 65
    Generation 7: 61
    Generation 8: 59
    Generation 9: 62

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    87 (1850-1937), male
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    Paternal Grandfather 85
    Paternal Grandmother 87
    Maternal Grandfather 58 (Cerebral Haemorrhage while pushing me in my Pram)
    Maternal Grandmother 89

    Paternal Great Grandfather 82
    Paternal Great Grandmother 85
    Paternal Great Grandfather 81
    Paternal Great Grandmother 39 (Chronic Nephritis)
    Maternal Great Grandfather 33 (Accident down a Coal Mine)
    Maternal Great Grandmother 88
    Maternal Great Grandfather 77
    Maternal Great Grandmother 79

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    I have a paternal ancestor, Martha (Chubbuck) Maxim (1741-1844) who died at the age of 102. It is said that on her hundredth birthday, to prove her youth and agility, she jumped over a three-rail fence.

    I have many instances of ancestors and ancestral uncles & aunts living into their 90s. They all lived in rural areas, and no history of smokers in my family.

    I also have instances of ancestors dying fairly young (50s) due to a variety of health issues (such as stroke or cardio-renal disease).

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    My grandmother z"l just passed away this morning at 79 years old.

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    My Great grand-mother died 2 years ago (My fathers grand mother). The only great-grand parent I knew personally. Her exact age was unknown, but my grand-mother insist she was over 100 years old. When I saw some of her pictures from the 1970-80, she already looked very old, so I would not be surprised If her age was anywhere near a 100 years.
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