What do you do with children born too close together?

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Here is a brother and sister born eight months apart, according to town birth records.

Ingram-7922, born 11 Nov 1801 and Ingram-7927, born 12 Jun 1802.

Should I just use the years in the data fields and the info on the records in the biography? Should I mark the mother uncertain for both?

As a bonus, the daughter married her cousin, so you get Rachel (Ellis) Ingram begat Rachel (Ingram) Ellis.
WikiTree profile: Rachel Ellis
in The Tree House by Ron Moore G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)
What's in a name...

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What you are working with are not the original records, but rather index card transcriptions prepared in the early 20th century. Fortunately, they do provide a reference to the original record.

The original record for Philip Ingram's birth can be seen at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-899M-BSK?i=123, right-hand side, 3rd entry from the bottom. And if you read the entry closely, you will see that the year he was born was actually 1803 rather than 1802 (the bottom loop of the 3 closes in on itself, so it possibly could be mistaken for a 2 on hasty reading, but I think you will agree it is actually a 3).

Edited to correct Philip's name

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)
selected by Ron Moore
Are you sure this is the correct page?  (the link)
YES it is the right entry

Sorry - there are 2 entries - Philip born in 1803 and Zilpah born in 1805.

Sorry about that.
It is a double entry (between the horizontal lines) - the parents at the same time in 1805 reported the birth of their son Philip in 1803 and their daughter Zilpah in 1805.

Edited to correct Philip's name
Yes I finally worked that out. Thanks.

But I do agree that Philip was born in 1803!!

His name was Philip!!
Oops, you are absolutely right - Philip.

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