Advice please. How accurate would a death certificate in 1845 have been
with regard to quoting someone's age?
(1) Ann Sloggett's age was given on the 1841 census as 50 [ I know that
the1841 census returns round down each persons age to the nearest multiple
of five]. She died in June 1845 and her death certificate states her age as
54. Both of these pieces of information suggest a date of birth of 1791.
(2) Through the IGI I have found an Ann Sloggett, born in the right part of
the world [Cornwall], and into a family containing a brother, Thomas
Sloggett, who was born in the right time scale to match my other info.
Everything fits nicely except that this Ann Sloggett was born in 1781
[christened 4 Nov 1781].
The other question mark is that Ann (1) married Benjamin Frise born in 1789.
When they married in 1811, he would have been 22 and she would have been
either (1) 20 or (2) 30!! She would have had her eight children between
the ages of (1) 21and 39 or (2) 31 and 49. Unfortunately the first option
seems more likely.
I know that census information can be 'out' but how accurate would a death
certificate in 1845 have been with regard to quoting her age? Both these
entries definitely produce the same year of birth as 1791, which would
rather sadly invalidate the 1781 Ann and family.
I suppose the IGI entry could be wrong? Any comments, please.
PS Ann Frise [nee Sloggett] and Thomas Sloggett came to Pembrokeshire, with
their families, in the 1820s and spent the rest of their lives there