Her gravestone at Bear Creek Cemetery gives a birth year of 1817.
But I settled on 1820 for the following reasons, and June because of the census records.
The calculated birth year from her and her husband's golden anniversary article suggests a birth year of 1820. (Rebecca and Dixon married on July 10, 1838; in July, 1888, Rebecca was 68 years old; therefore she was born in 1820.)
Census records for 1850 through 1880 all point to a birth year of 1820. (She was 30 in 1850; 40 in 1860; 50 in 1870; and 59 in 1880.)
Then along came Rev. Charles Althouse's church record book on Pennsylvania and New Jersey Town and Church Records on Ancestry, and I learned another birth date.
One interesting thing about this record is that Rev. Althouse noted date of the funeral and age at death, but not the date of death. Other sources tell me that Rebecca died on December 29, 1899.
Because it may be too small to read, this is a transcription of Rebecca's line in the book.
Funeral Date Dec. 31, 1899
Name Rebecca Bartley
Text 1 Thess 4-14
Age 80 years, 6 months, 14 days
Cause of Death cancer of the stomach
Cemetery Bear Creek
Using the age Rev. Althouse noted for Rebecca, 80 years, 6 months, and 14 days, and her date of death, I can go to my RootsMagic date calculator and find that Rebecca was born on June 25, 1819.
Accurate? Exact? True? Maybe or maybe not. Does it matter? I love putting a "real" date in the birth box in RootsMagic, but it's not essential to me. As long as I record the various birth dates and their sources, I'm comfortable choosing the most-likely-to-be-accurate birth date.
One last thing about this record is that Rev. Althouse chose I Thessalonians 4:14 as the basis for his sermon at Rebecca's funeral. It reads,
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.He must have been confident that she was on good terms with her Savior.
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