How Old Did He Have To Be...?
Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802?
Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.
(Image source: "The Carolina Constitution" by John Locke, via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)