Where was Viola M. (Johnson) McBrian born --Wisconsin or Illinois?

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== Research Note==
Findagrave.com lists Viola Johnson McBrian's  birth as being in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois on Feb. 5, 1910

Conflicting evidence in 1940 US Census lists her birth in Wisconsin, but her mother and dad were both born in Illinois.  Even so, 1910 and 1920 US Census reports list a Viola Johnson living with Clarence and Ada Johnson in Winnebago County, Illinois, born about 1910.  1915 Iowa State Census shows a Viola M. Johnson born in Wisconsin in 1910, age 5 at time of Iowa State Census.  Is there a grain of truth here or not?
WikiTree profile: Viola McBrian
in Genealogy Help by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
She was born in Rockford, not Rockbad, Illinois. WikiTree profile has it as Rockbad, which seems to be an incorrect name for any town in Illinois.

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Viola M. Johnson McBrian

Find A Grave Index

Name Viola M. Johnson McBrian
Maiden Name Johnson
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1978
Event Place Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois, United States of America
Photograph Included Y
Birth Date 05 Feb 1910
Death Date Apr 1978
Affiliate Record Identifier 60123677
Cemetery Bethel Memorial Cemetery


"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV27-XZ73 : 11 July 2016), Viola M. Johnson McBrian, 1978; Burial, Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois, United States of America, Bethel Memorial Cemetery; citing record ID 60123677, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)

Viola M. Johnson McBrian


Birth:  Feb. 5, 1910
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Death:  Apr., 1978
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Husband; Rev. James E. McBrian, sons; Charles McBrian, Ralph McBrian, daughters; Ann McBrian, Meg McBrian Paige, Laura McBrian Boldwyn. 
Family links: 
  James Ellis McBrian (1902 - 1992)
  Olive Ann McBrian Fargason (1929 - 2001)*
*Calculated relationship
Bethel Memorial Cemetery 
Mount Vernon
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Created by: tamara boldwyn hertenste...
Record added: Oct 14, 2010 
Find A Grave Memorial# 60123677
Viola M. <i>Johnson</i> McBrian
Added by: Karen Crowson- Stout
Viola M. <i>Johnson</i> McBrian
Cemetery Photo
You didn't answer my question.  I know that findagrave.com said her birth took place in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, but that information doesn't agree with the information on the 1940 US Census stating that she was born in Wisconsin.

The Viola Johnson born in Rockford was the daughter of two Swedish immigrants (see US Census information for 1910 and 1920).

The Viola Johnson with the Wisconsin birthplace as listed in the 1940 US Census as Viola McBrian with a mother Andrea born in Illinois was listed on the Iowa State Census of 1915/

So is the information on findagrave.com correct?  Or is the information on the 1940 US Census correct?  Which Viola Johnson married the Rev. James Ellis McBrian?
You may want to inquire with the town Clerk in Wisconsin and the one in Rockford, IL regarding Viola. There's a Winnebago & Boone County Genealogical Society you may want to contact.

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