Lots of the women (and men) died fairly young too and from diseases that are now preventable/treatable or from wartime injuries especially during the Civil War. Generally though I seem to come from pretty long lived stock. So it is not just my parents who lived a long time (87 and 92) but so many of my ancestors who did not have the advantages of the health care we enjoy now lived into their 70s and beyond. Hearty stock indeed and all the more reason to take retirement financial and life planning seriously!
I just read a book on that topic and it is a great overview. I already knew lots of this info but did pick up some good worksheets and things to think about.
The 5 Years Before you Retire by Emily Guy Birken