Ireland POB in error

+8 votes
According to Census records, Immigration and Naturalization papers (from 1851 to 1920) my grandfather Thomas Francis Driscoll had Ireland as his place of birth. With much exhausting  research and even a trip to Ireland and  employing a research person no birth record could be found. One afternoon I happened  to look into the BMD of England and saw there were two Thomas F Driscoll's listed. I sent away funds and shortly received a copy of his BC.

So my question to all researchers, is why do you suppose from the time of his birth in 1851 until his death in 1922 would he list Ireland as POB rather than England? He was born in Poplar England in 1851 and lived there until he and his family arrived in the USA in 1888.

Also his wife (my grandmother) always had France as her POB when she and her sisters were all born in England. Just wondering the reason why?
in The Tree House by Ray Driscoll G2G Crew (390 points)

3 Answers

+1 vote

Living in an Irish neighborhood and trying to fit in?

Misinformed, as in his parents lied to him (they might have been hiding/running). Especially if the 1860 census says he was born in Ireland, because his parents probably gave that information.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
That seems to be the likely answer altho his wife did the same thing. Perhaps their parents (my great grandparents) never spoke the English language. So not knowing any better, in 1881 he or perhaps his wife told the Census taker that Ireland  was his place of birth. Thereafter the erroneous information continued to be reported. .
+1 vote
After many decades of clerical work...It may be as simple as someone filed it that way, and to fix it would have taken hiring a lawyer, and pouring money into it.  So ever after, it was simpler to always match the paperwork under which his Immigration was filed.

Other logical possibilities...
Did the parent of your grandfather come from Ireland, and the paperwork was filed by the head of family?
by Sherry Bartlett G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
My great grandparents were born in Ireland altho they were married in England. Never have found any other paperwork on them other than their marriage license.
0 votes
Taxes owed? Or the "chance to re-invent" themselves, although I'd think they'd change names as well.
by Debra Allison G2G6 Mach 3 (38.3k points)

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