|West Tisted Church|
England Wales Death Index first started showing the age on death in the 1866
records. Looking at these death records for all our family members you
can see that the average age on death is gradually increasing. In the
first decade from 1866 – 1875 the average age on death was 28.1 years whereas
by the last decade, 1996-2005, the average age on death was 77.9 years.
This is illustrated on the graph below.
Between 1866 and 1966 just 7 individuals reached the age of 90, the first of these was a John Titheridge who died in 1905. On 31 May 1905 an article appeared in several national newspapers reporting the death of John Titheridge the oldest inhabitant of West Tisted Hampshire who had just died aged 99. The piece went on to say that for 43 years he was clerk and sexton of the parish church, a post his father had filled for 50 years before him. I was quite excited – here I had found our oldest family member. I checked the West Tisted parish records only to find the entry
The motto is don’t believe everything you read in the newspapers – ALWAYS go back to original sources to check the data.
Annie born 1804 Ropley, married William Oakley in 1826
Elizabeth born 1807 Ropley, married John Read in 1827
Harriett born 1810 West Tisted, married William Windebank in 1830
John born 1814 West Tisted, married Ann Paice in 1842, died 1905
James born 1817 West Tisted, married Edna Stevens in 1860, died 1868
Richard born 1820 West Tisted, married Ann Pullinger in 1845, died 1912
As well as John reaching the age of 90 his brother Richard died in 1912 at the age of 92.