Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Female Ancestors’ Lifespans

Genea-Musings’ Randy Seaver has issued his weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge. This week, we are to list our female ancestors back at least five generations, determining their life spans and identifying who had the shortest and longest lives.

I can name all of my ancestors back five generations, but half of my tree will have no answers because some village records don’t begin until 1828. The 1869 Hungarian census helps fill in a few gaps. I have my ancestors’ names because the parents were named in the baptismal records of the next generation.

Here are my ancestors:

Mother:
3. Doris Priscilla Adams (1923-2008), 85 years

Grandmothers:
5. Helena Anna Scerbak (1893-1985), 91 years
7. Hazel Ethel Coleman (1901-1995), 94 years

Great Grandmothers:
9. Maria Kacsenyak (1859-1926), 66 years
11. Anna Murcko (1872-1967), 95 years
13. Annie Maude Stuart (1874-1940), 66 years
15. Anna Elisabeth Jensen (1872-1916), 43 years

Great Great Grandmothers:
17. Maria Repka (1825-after 1869), 44+ years
19. Anna Haluska (1832-after 1869). 37+ years
21. Maria Patorai (1839-1912), 72 years
23. Maria Szova (1845-1925), 79 years
25. Nellie F. Tarbox (1856-1927), 71 Years
27. Elida Ann Hicks (1833-1914), 81 years
29. Sarah Moriah Crouse (1833-1930), 97 years
31. Margrethe Bruun (1843-1890), 47 years

Great Great Great Grandmothers:
33. Anna Miklus (?-?)
35. Elizabeth Gulyas (?-?)
37. Anna Tucsik (?-?)
39. Maria Hovance (?-?)
41. Helena Murcko (?-?)
43. Anna Szurgent (?-?)
45. Anna Lisinska (?-?)
47. Maria Fengya (?-?)
49. Sarah Ann Parker (1817-1900), 83 years
51. Mary Elizabeth Scripture (1827-1966), 38 years
53. Catherine Carlisle (1798-1888), 90 years
55. Abigail Carlisle (1793-1871), 78 years
57. Mary Elizabeth Astle (1811-1889), 78 years
59. Rebecca Jones (1809-1897), 88 years
61. Johanne Elisabeth Molin (1814-1895), 80 years
63. Anna Amalie Christendatter (1823-after 1871), 48+ years

Broken down into decades I have:

1 ancestor who died aged 30-39
2 ancestors who died aged 40-49
0 ancestors who died aged 50-59
2 ancestors who died aged 60-69
5 ancestors who died aged 70-79
5 ancestors who died aged 80-89
5 ancestors who died aged 90-99
11 ancestors for whom I have insufficient dates to determine their life spans.

My female ancestor with the shortest lifespan is Mary Elizabeth Scripture, wife of George Rogers Tarbox of Calais, Maine, who died at the age of 38 years. I don’t have a cause of death for her (no death certificates in that era), but she had given birth to her seventh and last known child in July 1863. It is possible she died in childbirth.

My female ancestor who lived the longest is Sarah Moriah Crouse, wife of William Coleman, also of Calais, Maine, born 7 May 1833 and died 18 October 1930 at the age of 97 years, 5 months and 11 days.

 

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