08 May 2012

They told 2 friends and so on...

Comments after the jump.

Richard Theron Williams
1890 Apr 5      Born
1900 Dec 26    Married to Mary Jane Dawson
1902 Mar 23    Birth of son, Theron Frank Williams
1948 Apr 30    Death

Note: There are more children but I've only included the eldest.

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This profile can be found on at least 8 different trees on 2 separate websites.
Have you figured out the error? (Hint: How old was Richard when he married?)
Married at 10 and a father before he turned 12. And no one thought that was a problem?
This just shows how a typo (I'm assuming) can continue when people are mindlessly copying trees. Richard's death certificate can be found here where it is transcribed correctly. His birth year? 1880. 
It's no wonder none of the 8 trees has a census attached. The 1910 census transcription has a nickname and mangled surname (same transcription on Ancestry and I've sent corrections). Between that and an age that is off by 10 years, finding that census record would be almost impossible.

In case you're too young to get the title of the post ;-)

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