And so, I looked over my database, going as far back as six generations to my great-great-great-grandparents. I deliberately stopped at the sixth generation because I wanted this activity to be manageable and not take too much time.
When I was done, I had a list of fourteen ancestors who were 80 years or older when they died. Here are my results in table format. Note that women are shown with their maiden names.
Yvonne's Longest-Lived Ancestors
Age at Death
Year of Death
101 years, 2 months
90 years, 11 months
90 years, 2 months
89 years, 7 months
89 years, 5 months
87 years, 0 months
85 years, 2 months
85 years, 2 months
85 years, 0 months
83 years, 2 months
82 years, 9 months
81 years, 10 months
81 years, 11 months
80 years, 2 months
1. Fred Belair (no. 1) is the son of Pierre Belair (no. 5), who is the son of Paul Belair (no. 14).
2. Clémentine Léveillé (no. 2) is the daughter of Joseph Léveillé (no. 10).
3. Josephte Messier (no. 8) is the mother of Olivier Vanasse (no. 11), who is the father of Olivier Vanasse (no. 12).
4. Elisabeth Vanasse (no. 9) is the wife of Olivier Vanasse (no. 12). (They were first cousins.)
5. Angélique Lalonde (no. 13) is the wife of Paul Belair (no. 14).
• I calculated the ages at death of my first 62 ancestors, representing five generations – from my parents to my great-great-great-grandparents.
• Fourteen (22%) of these 62 ancestors lived to an age greater than 80 years.
• Twelve of these fourteen ancestors were born in the province of Quebec (no. 2, Clémentine Léveillé, was born in the province of Ontario, while no. 3, Thérèse Durgey, was born in either the province of Ontario or the province of Quebec).
• Of these fourteen ancestors, eight are women, six are men. As a group, the women lived to an average age of 86.8 years, while the men lived to an average age of 86.5 years.
• Of these fourteen ancestors, nine belong to my paternal ancestral lines, while five belong to my maternal ancestral line.
• The maternal side of my family lived to a greater average age (88.13 years) than the paternal side of my family (85.9 years).
• My paternal grandfather, Fred Belair, is the longest-lived ancestor in this list.
Clockwise from top: Fred Belair (almost 100 years old), Joseph Léveillé (possibly 70s), Pierre Belair (about 69), Clémentine Léveillé (about 77), Elisabeth Vanasse and her husband Olivier Vanasse (both about 78 years).
Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.