How could William Godwin have been born in 1753, father was born 1748?

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Probably wrong date on one of them, possibly both. It could be a transposing error, a  transcription error, someone guessing, bad memory, and a host of other reasons. In some cases, a family member wanted to hide when they were born so they creatively added/subtracting a few years to their original birth year. I had an aunt who told everyone she was my Mom's younger sister. My Mom was born in 1930, but her sister was born in 1917.

Although there have been unverified reports of a 8 year old fathering a child, the only reliable thing I could find had the youngest father as 12 years old.

Best thing is try and independently verify both dates if possible. I realize that's not always an option.
by Paul Smith G2G2 (2.7k points)
I have William M. Godwin I born- 1776 / William II born 1807 / William III born 1842 / William son of Thomas II born 1689 then more recent William Butler Godwin born 1862 - his son William Silas born 1888. Hope this helps.
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William Godwin, Sr. was born 1775 in Sampson County, North Carolina and died in 1844 in Johnson County, North Carolina. William Creal Godwin was born in 1827 married Sarah Ellizabeth Barrow who was born 1830 and died in 1900.
by Brenda Bell G2G2 (2.9k points)
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William Godwin was born 1756, his father John Godwin was born 1723, married Ann (or Anne) Hull in 1746 In Wisbech, East Anglia, England
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William's father was John Godwin who was born on the 21st of February, 1723/24, in Newbury, England
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