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Old 12-08-2012, 04:23 AM
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Originally Posted by nightbird47 View Post
I took the ages of death of all the found ancestors and listed them once. It was interesting that a good many lived very long lives, even some of the women despite a lot of children. My great 5x greandfather lived til 91 in the 1800's. Then there is a drop off. Most of those who didn't live to what we consider modern 'norms' died by their fifties, many women before. It seems like you were built to fight off the disease and were generally in better health and lived longer or you didn't/weren't and died much earlier. Not much inbetween.

Remove the medical stuff around today and I wonder how the curve would run.
Oh yes, people go on about how the life expectancy was so much lower in history. But they forget that this number is drastically pulled down by infant and children deaths. If you survived childhood, you had a pretty good chance of living into your 70's or later.

I have one person in my tree who, legend has it, lived to be 120. I think that's probably exaggerated! But even lower estimates by professional historians and genealogists have put him no younger than 110 when he died in 1832. Certainly the oldest person in my tree!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tallysmom View Post
I have no proof, but I do believe it's a very real possibility my great grandmother died giving birth to my granduncle. And my sister very nearly died after the birth of my niece... in 1994. In a hospital.

So yeah -- I wouldn't like to give birth at home -- give me a hospital where I stand a chance of making it if something goes WAY wrong.
My sister recently found someone in the family tree...two women with the same name, one born in 1906, one died in 1906, a few days apart. She realized it was a mother and daughter--mother must have died within a couple of days of giving birth.
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