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Am I on the right track?

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Hi everybody
Further to my last posting on the subject of my g/g/granpappy's D.O.B, I have had a new thought, which I'd like to "bounce off you all" - I've plotted my family tree back to my g/g/grandfather William McKay (born Scotland 1817): however, on the 1851 census, in Liverpool where the family were living then, they were spelling their name MacKay. I also have William's marriage cert (Chester 1849, to Eliza Jones, my g/g/grandmother.), which shows his father as being named Robert.

On Scotlands people I found a Robert MacKay who sired a son, to Janet Davidson, who was born in Caithness on the 4th December 1817, and christened William MacKay, on 23rd December 1817. I also have William's death cert (Liverpool 1871). (My problem is that, I can't find any verification of my g/g/granpappy's actual date of birth, back in 1817, in Victorian Liverpool!)

(NB, NEW INFO:I've now noticed that, on his death cert, dated 28th Nov 1871, he is stated as being 54 years old when he died; therefore, as he was born in 1817, he can not yet have had a birthday in 1871, the year that he died; otherwise he would have been shown as aged 55 at death!! This strongly suggests that he might well have been that boy, who was born on 4th December, of 1817.) Any thoughts anyone?

Best
Ian
 

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