Mastering Genealogical Proof–Chapter 6, Conflicting Information

Chapter 6

Russ Worthington
04 August 2013

Reference:
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof , (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013)

Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof

Following the Dear MYRTLE Google+ Hangout On Air discussion of Chapter 6, I thought that I would put “out there” my “conflicting” information, looking for some feedback.

I have mentioned that I am using Evidentia for this project. I am trying to determine IF James A Wake served in the Civil War. From my research, so far, this James Wake appears to be a good candidate. However, I can’t determent if this James Wake is the Jame A Wake are the same person. That piece of conflicting information is not being addressed here. James A Wake, according to a Congressional Registration was 37 as of 1 July 1863, which would suggest that he was born about 1826.

My research has found a James Wake as described below. This report is directly out of Evidentia from my data entry, to date. This James  Wake was found with the same family members in the 1860 and 1870 census, and it appears in a household which may be that of his parents and siblings in the 1850 census.

There is the Evidentia report to date:

Evidentia512

Genealogical Proof Report

for the Birth of James Wake

Prepared 05 Aug 2013 by Russ Worthington

Summary of Findings

14 July 2013 – Updated based on the 1870 Census – James Wake was 40 in this Census and would have him born between 26 Jun 1829 and 25 Jun 1830 in New York. The updated hypothisis for his birth range is now 2 August 1828 to 23 June 1831, in New York.

14 July 2013 – Looking at the 1850 Census, James Wake was 21 which would have his birth date between 02 Aug 1828 and 01 Aug 1829. This is earlier, by almost a year, from the 1860 census found initially, but still born in New York.

14 July 2013 – Based on the 1860 Census James Wake was born 24 Jun 1830 and 23 Jun 1831 in New York.

Itemized Research Findings

6 assertions from 3 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The 1860 US Census – James Wake[1] asserts that James Wake is 29 years old on 23 June 1860 which would mean born about 1831. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary (meaning we must assume the informant was not a knowledgeable eyewitness or participant in the event). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect (meaning the evidence is implied, circumstantial or fails to answer the whole question).

In the 1860 US Census, James Wake 29 years old when the census was taken on 23 June 1860. This would indicate that he was born between 24 Jun 1830 and 23 Jun 1831

The 1860 US Census – James Wake[1] asserts that James Wake was born in New York. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.

The 1860 US Census claims that James Wake was born in New York

The 1850 US Census – James Wake[2] asserts that James Wake is 21 years old on 01 August 1850 which would mean born about 1829. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.

In the 1850 US Census, James Wake was 21 years old when the census was taken on 1 August 1850. This would indicate that he was born between 2 Aug 1828 and 1 Aug 1829. This date range is earlier then the 1860 Census of 24 Jun 1830 and 23 Jun 1831

The 1850 US Census – James Wake[2] asserts that James Wake was born in New York. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.

The 1850 US Census claims that James Wake was born in New York

The 1870 US Census – James Wake[3] asserts that James Wake is 40 years old on 25 June 1870 which would mean born about 1830. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.

The 1870 US Census claims that James Wake was 40 years old when the census was taken on 25 June 1870. This would indicate that he was born between 26 Jun 1829 and 25 Jun 1830. This date range falls between the 1860 Census and the 1850 Census

The 1870 US Census – James Wake[3] asserts that James Wake was born in New York. The source reviewed was a clear unaltered Image Copy of an original record. It is indeterminable whether the information being considered is Primary, and must be treated as Secondary information. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect.

The 1870 US Census claims that James Wake was born in New York

Recommendations for Continuing

  • Locate James Wake in the 1830 US Census
  • Locate James Wake in the 1840 US Census
  • Locate James Wake in the 1850 US CensusLocated 14 July 2013

     

  • Locate James Wake in the 1860 US CensusLocated 14 July 2013

     

  • Locate James Wake in the 1870 US CensusLocated 14 July 2013

     

  • Locate James Wake in the 1880 US Census
  • Locate James Wake’s death date for further Census Records
  • James Wake’s age in the 1850 Census was 21, the 1860 Census 29, and the 1870 Census 40. There seems to be a conflict in the reporting of his age at the time of the Census. This may be a conflict

End Notes

11860 U.S. Census, New York Ward 9, District 1, New York, New York, Population Schedule, Page 175, Lines 10 – 13, dwelling 628, family 1358, James Wake; digital mage, Ancestry.com (Digital Image : accessed 14 July 2014); citing NARA microfilm M653, roll 797, Image 180, Familiy History Library Film: 803797

21850 U.S. Census, New York Ward 8, New York, New York, Population Schedule, Page 203A, Line 11 – 16, dwelling 344, family 863, James Wake; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2014); citing NARA microfilm M432, roll 542, Image 10.

31870 U.S. Census, Hudson County, New Jersey, Bayonne, Population Schedule, Page 314A, Lines 30 – 35, dwelling 486, family 567, James Wake; digital mage, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2014); citing NARA microfilm M593, roll 863; Image 84, Family History Library Film: 552362.

Prepared 05 Aug 2013 by Russ Worthington

Evidentia© 2012-2013

The question is two fold: 1) Do I have a conflict? and 2) Based on the evidence presented in the census records am I able to resolve the conflict. Please note that the To Do list is included in the report, under Recommendations for Continuing.

What is your reaction to such a report?

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