Things Are looking up!
Another gem from my genealogical work.
Astonishingly my father was the fourth generation of eldest sons to die younger than their fathers. I am very happy to say that the next generation has at last stopped a 100 year decline in longevity!
The last direct male ancestor on my father's side who lived longer than his father was;
John Stephens IV who lived to 89 yrs (1786-1875).
his son John Stephens V lived 83 yrs (1819-1903)
his son John Gilbert Stephens lived 79 yrs (1862-1942)
his son John Sturge Stephens lived 63 yrs (1891-1954)
his son. John Christopher Stephens lived 47 yrs (1928-1975)