Help -- Can anyone explain this Screw-Up? I need fresh eyes/other ideas.
Quaker records are great -- data on birth dates, marriages, and deaths - even travel. How can you screw up with these records?
Case in Point that I can't explain.
Joseph Hewes represented North Carolina in the Continental Congress -- he signed the Declaration of Independence -- important guy. He was born and raised in New Jersey in a Quaker family - we have records of his birth and the births of his siblings.
By those records he was born 28 day 4th month 1730 (28 June 1730 Julian Calendar). Yet, in a 1913 book (available on several websites) on p. 273 a transcription of the Quaker record appears that says Hewes was born 23rd day 4th month and then the author concludes that Hewes was born on Jan 23. How can this be?
This date of Jan 23 as Hewes' birthday appears on plaques at various places and on just about every publication and website that mentions him (although some just say 1730).
Here's a link to my website that shows the Quaker record side by side with p. 273 on that 1913 book that I think is the source of this screw-up on Hewes' date of birth.
Mystery of Hewes' Date of Birth
If you click on the link at the top of that page it takes you to my thoughts on the mystery.