[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Lying about age on shp's passenger list

Carolyn Schott cgschott at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 30 18:46:39 PST 2006

I've just seen the online electronic version at ancestry.com - so no,
haven't seen the originals.  It could be that I'm reading the handwriting
wrong on some of the ages - but the one by great-grandma is clearly just one
digit rather than two.  
But there is consistent incorrectness!  :-)  The family group listed above
her (one of her sisters, her husband and his parents) all have ages that are
wrong.  The family group listed below her (and whose name she used) is her
other sister, her husband and their children - and all their ages are wrong
So at least it makes sense that they were all together is deciding to put
down different ages!  :-))


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Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 6:35 PM
To: cgschott at earthlink.net; ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Lying about age on shp's passenger list

In a message dated 11/30/2006 9:22:09 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
cgschott at earthlink.net writes:

You know - this is actually one of the things that bothers me about my
specific entry!  My g-grandmother would have been 16 at the time, but it
appears that her age is listed as being 9.  It seems difficult to believe
that a 16-year-old could have passed as a 9 year old!  

But I've searched a bit through the village church records, and it doesn't
appear there were any other siblings (of her in-laws) with her name about
age 9 that it might have been instead of my g-grandma.  But since ALL the
ages are off - it's hard to be certain.

OK, at the risk of sounding like I've gone completely 'round the bend, is it
possible they applied for emigration 7 years before they actually got to go
and that the ship manifest indicates their ages at the time they applied to
I realize it's a far-fetched idea but sometimes, one person's far-fetched
idea gets brains to looking into things it might otherwise not have thought
And, have you actually gotten to see the original manifest to see the
numbers for yourself? If not, does the traveling group listed either before
or after them on the transcribed list have the right ages? It so, it could
be a transcription error.

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