How do I stop the error that a child death date after parent would be 170 years old

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Parker Adkins (Adkins-2603) was in his 80's when he married his second wife. A young lady in her 20's. They had two daughters. Now I'm getting an error message that the death date of a child should not be over 170 years old. I have explained this in his biography but every time I add something new to his profile and save I get the same error. I have three documents that place his Date of birth between 1763 - 1768 which prove of his approximate year of birth. His death record lists his age at 94 two documents where he testified under oath that he was 82 and 87 years old. The documents are found in his wife's widow's pension files. I have all the information in his profile and sourced.

How do I stop getting this error because the information is correct.

Thanks for your help

WikiTree profile: Parker Adkins
asked in Policy and Style by Jeanette Moster G2G2 (2.8k points)
I can't help with the annoying error message but he should be in the Guinness Book of Records! But seriously the chance of him being the biological father is close to zero.
The War of 1812 pension files for the soldier Parker Adkins and his widow Mary Ann Willis Adkins is about 175 pages long. In a deposition taken on 19 Jan 1888 of Sarah Anne Adkins Plumley she states under oath that she is 37 years old and the widow of Sylvester Plumley. She further states that she is a daughter of Mary Ann Adkins the pensioner & Parker Adkins the soldier. The certified marriage record for Parker Adkins and Mary Ann Willis verifies their marriage of 9 Jan 1851. In an affidavit taken by Parker Adkins to obtain a Bounty land grant taken under oath on 3 Jul 1855 Parker stated that he was 87 years old. So as improbable as it may seem the records state it is true. Not to mention Mary Ann Willis Adkins died in 1887 at the age of 64

I guess I just have to put up with the error.



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I guess any algorithm for error reporting needs confidence intervals or other reasonable limits. The typical confidence interval for scientific studies is 95% which means that by pure chance in 5 of 100 cases the result will be outside the margins. I'm pretty sure that AleŇ° did not use such a confidence interval but age limits that seem to make sense. The principle, though, that there will always be some outliers where the error is false remains the same.
answered by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (445k points)
selected by Jeanette Moster

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