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From: "Glen Shipley" <>
Subject: Re: [NFK] Robert Myhill b.1737
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:50:27 +0100
On 26 Jun 2008 at 16:02, Richard Collinson wrote:
> Mine could be the same as yours except that on his death in 1807 he
> was recorded as 70 years old - I can understand him adding a few years
> but not knocking them off! Had he been born in 1731 he would have been
> 76 at death!>
It can be unwise to make assumptions about ages at death, especially in the 18th century
- and even into the 20th. It depended on who was giving the information to the vicar. If it
was a neighbour rather than a family member, they may not have known exactly how old
he was when he died.
What's more, Robert himself may have had only a rough idea of how old he was. They
didn't have birth certificates in the 18th century and the only record would be a baptism in
the parish register. Maybe his parents told him when he was born but maybe they didn't.
Six years doesn't seem too much of a discrepancy to me. We should always be wary of
looking at things and events in the past with a modern mindset. It just doesn't work!