I have been reviewing the information about my direct ancestors for 52 weeks/52 ancestors. That review inspired me to compare my great grandparents.
- Who lived the longest?
- Which branch of my family lived longer?
- Were they contemporaries?
- Would they have met each other?
My father’s grandparents:
Jasper P Brown 1865- 1950 85 years Average life span: 85
Rose Brumfield 1867 – 1948 81 years
Thomas K Mark 1879 – 1975 95 years
Regina Gruissy 1879 – 1959 80 years
I know these two couples met. My father told me his Mississippi grandparents visited Ohio when he was a boy. It is logical that they would have met the Ohio folks [who were a dozen years younger] during the visit.
My mother’s grandparents:
Leopold Gartner 1860 – 1948 88 years Average life span: 65
Fannie Edelstein 1860 – 1908 47 years
Michael Coyle 1870 – unknown
Mary Jo Mullane 1867 – 1927 60 years
These two couples lived in New York City but it is unlikely that they ever met. Because of the times and their religious differences [Roman Catholic & Jewish] they both disowned their children when they married.
This data is incomplete because I do not know when Michael Coyle died but a quick look shows my father’s grandparents were longer lived than my mother’s grandparents. Just an interesting note to history.