I received an email last night saying that the request has been fulfilled with a link to the Find A Grave memorial for Henry Carringer (1801-1879).
Thanks to the kind and generous volunteer work of Mo and Dave Gates (who manage almost 27,000 memorials, and have added over 32,000 photographs), I now have beautiful photographs of the gravestone, and closeups of the side for Henry Carringer and his son Harvy Carringer. Here is a screen shot of the gravestone itself (showing Harvy Carringer's side):
The image of Henry Carringer's inscription:
The inscription says:
This morning, I wrote a thank you note on the Gates' Contributor page, and asked:
"May I save the photos to my computer system and attach them to my RootsMagic database? They would also go on my Ancestry Member Tree the next time I update it. I write one of the most popular genealogy blogs - www.geneamusings.com - and would love to post the photos there also. Will you permit me to do that?"
I got a response within an hour on my contributor page:
"You are very welcome.. we are very glad to help. Yes you may use the photos on your web site and thank you for asking!"
What does this information tell me?
* A Death date that I did not have: 20 April 1879
Previously, I was using "before 10 August 1881" which was the date the first probate document was using.
* A Birth date that I did not have: 25 June 1800 (age at death 78 years, 9 months, 26 days before the death day).
Previously, I was using the date 6 June 1800, which was from Martin Carringer's (Henry's father) Bible entry, which was included in Martin's Revolutionary War pension file.
Close, but not exactly the same. A small evidence conflict! 19 days - is that important?
Is the Bible date a birth date or a baptism date? I think it's a birth date, since it's a family Bible and not a church record. I consider the Bible record to be an Original Source (handwritten, in German, attested to by his spouse after his death), with Undetermined Information quality (since I don't know the publication or purchase date of the Bible or whether the information was entered into the Bible page all at once or one at a time), and Direct Evidence (since it provides an exact date for the Birth). The Birth Date in the Bible would be considered Primary Information if I knew the information about the Bible.
What about the calculated Birth date from the gravestone? I consider the gravestone to be an Original Source (probably the first time the death date and age at death were inscribed), Secondary Evidence (a family member provided the information for the death date and the age at death), and Direct Evidence (while I do have to calculate a Birth date, I can do it with this one piece of evidence that contains two information items).
I think that I will keep the Bible page entry for the Birth date in my Birth Fact field in RootsMagic 6. I will add the calculated birth date from the gravestone information in my Birth Notes.
What would you do in this situation?
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