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Re: Sarah Pierpont, b. 1809ish in WV, USA
Posted by: Ted Pack (ID *****6680) Date: March 19, 2005 at 10:45:41
In Reply to: Sarah Pierpont----HELP PLEASE by Rita Reid of 161

The Mormons

have her three times, b. October 1809. It looks like they all copied one source.

Five people on RWWC
have her as either PierPONT or PierPOINT (caps added for clarity).

None of the five have a birth year for Francis Franklin.

I work with a woman whose mother is 20 year older than her father. I know it does happen. However, it was rare for anyone to marry a woman 10 years his senior in the mid 1800's. The usual pattern was a woman 2 - 4 years younger for first marriages, anywhere from 5 - 30 for the second one. When you write to the five, you might want to acknowlege the age disparity and cite your sources.

Along those lines, she may have lied about her age in official documents. One of my ancestors shaved 4 years off her age in a couple of places so people wouldn't know she married a man 6 years younger than herself. So, if you are looking for her in a data base, give the birth year range more lattitude than you normally do.

I'm not related. I find answering genealogy posts more satisfying than crosswords puzzles.

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