In a message dated 10/12/2002 11:53:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< My gggrandmother's death certificate lists her age at 68.
The informant was her son.
Yet, the marker, which was probably erected at her unveiling, clearly shows
that her age at death as 84, which is
consistent with the ages of her children.
In 1918, that was considered OLD. >>
==One possibility--he gave her birthdate (in Eyrope it was often more common
to ask for, and respond with, birth date than age since birth. According to
the stone, she was born 1838. The clerk realized that the woman was more than
38 yo and corrected this to 68.
There are so many ways to get "the facts" wrong.
Michael Bernet, New York <mBernet@aol.com>
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