Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Great Grands – Who lived longest?

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.


Wendy said...

I'll have to compile my grandparents' lifespans. But I have observed that my Davis men did not live long at all.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Wendy, sometimes you don't want to know how the family longevity looks.

Nancy said...

I love looking at information like this about my own ancestors. I don't know the usefulness of it in regards to family history but I still find it interesting. Your father's grandparents lived long lives!

Charlie Purvis said...

I'm caring for a 90 year old Aunt; she is the oldest living relative in my ancestry.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Nancy, yes I agree! My daughter, who knows much more about such things, says there is no statistical significance to the limited data but I find it intriguing.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Charlie, that's wonderful of you to be caring for your aunt. Even a person in the best of health can be challenging to care for. I hope she is able to share family tales with you. My oldest living relative is my 83 year old paternal uncle who loves to tell tales!

SallySearches said...

This is a great idea for presenting data. Thanks for sharing! (and I may borrow and credit the idea...!)

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Of course, Sally.