April 3rd, 2014

reflect

Life expectancy

It's been on my mind for a while that none of the deceased ancestors I have known (three grandparents and one parent) reached their eighties. Moreover, there's a couple of not too distant ancestors of mine who died really quite young (my father's mother died when he was eleven, and my father's father's father got out of bed one morning, keeled over with a massive heart attack and died, when he was in his mid-fifties).

I'm not worrying about this too much: medical technology has advanced (the cancer that killed my father's mother in the fifties would be treatable now), life expectancies have increased, and I live a healthier lifestyle than most of the ancestors I have dates for (I exercise more, don't smoke, and don't subsist on a diet of eastern European stodge). But still, I did find myself wondering whether I came from a particular short-lived line, on the whole.

It's taken me years to get around to collating dates from my family tree, for such of my ancestors as I know both birth and death dates, to find out, but the answer:

67? = 80? 88 77?
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69 = 73     87 = 86  72? = ?   65= ?   77? = 88?     75 = 71?  

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54? = 70   63 = 93  77? = 79   79? = 78  

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79 = 44   70 = 75 

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שליט״א = 65  

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me (also שליט״א)

...is no. Average life expectancy of the above: 74.1 years.

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