Whenever you think an age in a record is wrong as yourself who might have provided that age? Was it really the person whose age is being given? Did the clerk just guess? Did their spouse just guess? Did a child provide the age?
Were they told to guess? Did they think being accurate really mattered? Did being accurate really matter? Did they give a quick answer just to get the person asking the question “out of their face?” Did they know that in 150 years someone would be analyzing that age to death?
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