Mother at 13???

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Mother at 13???

Post by Squigy » 04 Dec 2011, 10:46

Okay, so I was going through some records I just found, and something just doesn't add up.

Here are the facts:

My great X5 grandfather - Francesco Rossano's - death record lists him as 60 in 1832, meaning he was born in 1772. He was married to a Caterina Negro.

His son Davide died in 1828 at 18 - meaning HE was born in 1810.

Now, here's where it get's weird - Caterina is listed as 40 years old on her death record in 1837. That would mean she was only THIRTEEN when Davide was born!

Here are the records:

What do you all make of this? I doubt I have the wrong family - it seems unlikely there would be TWO Francesco Rossano/Caterina Negro couples, doesn't it? Although she is listed as MOGLIE di Francesco Rossano, as opposed to "vedova" - that's a little disconcerting).

Is it possible they just got her age wrong? She did die in the middle of a horrible cholera outbreak, perhaps they were overburdened and got some info wrong? Or maybe Davide was her husband's son, not her's? Or, perhaps, she really did just have a child at 13 with a 38 year old (which is a bit of a scary thought).
My Italian surnames:

Caserta: Maietta, Rossano, Tessitore, Negro, Peluso, Musone

Campobasso: D'Andrea, Barile

Catanzaro: Fiorelli/Fiorillo, Romito

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Re: Mother at 13???

Post by Italysearcher » 04 Dec 2011, 14:07

Look at who declared the death. If it was anyone but the husband then the age was probably a guess. Most death records I have seen were 'round' numbers.
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