What do you think? [closed]

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I think this guy is the son of James Smith and Mary Johnston (the middle name is a big give away) Here is his baptism record. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XY8Y-6PJ : 10 February 2018), John Smith, 08 Feb 1831; citing , reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,005. Also the people I'm working with are mostly from Campbeltown.

Birthdate says 18 Feb 1831 His gravestone pretty clearly says Aug 13 1833   I know grave stones aren't always accurate.  I can't find any other baptismal records with that date. 

I also found a census with James Smith and Mary Johnston with a John born 1834.  In Campbeltown.  Should I go with that instead of the date on Grave?

WikiTree profile: John Smith
closed with the note: I found the answer
in Genealogy Help by Joelle Colville-Hanson G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
closed by Joelle Colville-Hanson
I'd say be very wary about assuming you've found the right person.  Given his name is John Smith.

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+4 votes
In general I would give more weight to the date closest to the event.

Edit

Oops ... I meant “document” created closest to the event.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (390k points)
edited by George Fulton
I don't understand.  Closest to what event?  BIrth?  That is what is in question.

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