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JOHN STEWART b. 1880 Chester County SC

Well folks, I have a headache. Hope someone can give me a clue, suggestion. Here goes. My ancestors Arthur and Mahala Stewart had a son JOHN STEWART (middle name Thomas) born in 1880. John is not listed in the 1880 census with his parents so probably born after the census was taken. In the 1900 Chester County Census, he is listed with his parent at age 19.

In 1910 he is listed in Mecklenburg County NC census as age 50, married 27 years to Melissa Howell, age 42 who was born in NC. (Many of my Stewart relatives moved to NC Mecklenburg/Cabarrus County about that time.) In the 1920 Mecklenburg NC Census, John's age is given as 55, his wife Melissa has died; By 1930, John had moved to DC where he died. My cousin has sent for his death certificate (but they only want to give it to immediate family) so she is working on that.

My headache come from the discrepancy in the age. If the 1910 census age is correct, then he couldn't be our John (but oral history from a surviving first cousin supports the theory that he is ours). But in 1910, the census record claims he had been married 27 years, he would have married in 1883! Has anyone else ever encountered such a tremendous age discrepance? How could this be. I can understand 5 years, but when you consider years married?

I sure hope someone has a reasonable suggestion. I am at a loss.

Forgive the length and thanks for your time and any suggestion.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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