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From: Joe Bosserman <>
Subject: [BRE] Brethren method of calculating age
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 19:12:33
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At 08:11 AM 3/22/02 -0700, Cheryll Reed wrote:
"Cheryll Reed" <>
>I know that subject line looks strange but I couldn't think of a better way
>to phrase it. I've been trying for quite some time to figure out why
>official records would list my gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfather, James Reed's age at
>death as 80 and yet his gravestone reads "aged 62 years". Research to date
>indicates that the Reeds prior to James were "Coventor" Presbyterian. Is it
>possible that his "birth" year would be considered the year he converted?
>In other words, there's an 18-year difference. If James had converted and
>been baptised at the age of 18 in the Brethren church, is it possible that
>would explain the age given on his gravestone?