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Subject: Samuel Ulrich, son of David and Elizabeth Cripe Ulrich
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 22:12:53 EST
With the aid of Anne Schmidt-Lange and Delores Baker the problem has been
solved. The scrap of paper to be found at the Brethren Historical Library and
Archives at Elgin, Illinois is a birth certificate for Samuel Ulrich, son of
David and Elizabeth Cripe Ulrich.
As previously mentioned the information on the document states that David
and his wife had a son named Samuel born on Feb. 23, 1802 with the caveat
that the 1802 could be read as 1801.
However this date of birth did not correlate to information to be found
at Rootsweb which stated that Samuel was born on March 24, 1802. Several folks
were kind enough to put me in touch with Mrs. Delores Baker who had part of
the solution but also part of the problem.
She has a grainy xerox copy of a photograph of Samuel's tombstone stating
that he died on Oct. 8, 1833 at the age of 31 years, 7 months and 15 days.
But she also states that his will was written on Oct. 23, 1833 and presented for
probate on Nov. 11, 1833. We will study the date of death first.
If you take the date of birth that I have(Feb. 23, 1833) and to it add
the age at the time of his death(31 yrs 7 mos 15 days) you magically come to a
date of death of Oct. 8, 1833. Exactly what the tombstone is engraved with for
a date of death. In other words the date of birth of March 24, 1802 is
incorrect and there exists a birth certificate for Samual Ulrich.
The writing of the will on Oct. 23, 1833 does present a problem, but when
taken into context with the now proven date of birth it would appear that the
will was written on Sept. 23, 1833 though incorrectly entered on the will as
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