"The wholesome climate of this elevated region is attested by the large number of people who have attained to old age in Franklin. White records the following instances of longevity among the early settlers: Mr. Hale 117; John Watson & his wife, both 90; Thomas Clark, 90; William Spears, 110; Henry Parks, 101; Elisha Dyer & his wife, 93; Samuel MacKay, 100; Jesses Marshall, 97; John Stoneyher, 96; David Guess, 90..." and many others in their eighties. If you outlived war, and Indian attacks, small pox, etc. your chances were pretty good it seems.
The will of Sir Alexander Culpeper of England, 1444-1541 was very complex, leaving specific instructions in it for so much for three masses to be given at his death with so much for each priest, bell ringer, singer, official mourner and coffin bearer with provision for their black robes, and years of service ahead to sing for his soul, money for the churches, the manses, the highways. I guess if you lived 97 back then, you'd have plenty of time to plan your own funeral. Their effigies, he and his wife's, are beautifully preserved in an ancient church. Of course, my favorite part are the stone sculptures of their dogs at their feet looking much like my beautiful weimaraner.
But the age-old question of mankind has been, "What's it all about, Alfie?" Joseph Stalin once said,
"I'm pretty sure there is a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is." Apart from God, the answers elude and delude us.