Younger ages on arrival manifests? #general

David W. Perle
 

Hi, all. Aside >from honest miscommunication (such as with different
accents and such), are there any explanations for why my 23-year-old
great-grandmother Minnie KROLL would have been listed as being 18 on her
ship manifest when arriving in New York City in September 1903? She was
arriving >from Kalisz, Poland/Russia with her mother Laja. Just five months
later, her Manhattan marriage certificate shows that she was 22. (Almost
accurate, as her Polish birth record indicates that she was 23.)

As reflected on the manifest, they were joining Minnie's older
brother/Laja's son Jacob, who was already settled in NYC, as well as
Minnie's bridegroom William PERLE.

A funny tidbit is that Minnie actually did lie about her age during the
rest of her life. My great-aunt was convinced that her mother Minnie had
been 16 or 17 when Minnie and William married, though she was actually
22/23.

David Perle
Washington, DC
Researching ARONOWSKY, BLUM, PERLE, SMOLEY/SMOLA, GOTTLIEB, KROLL,
PRZEGRODA, etc...

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