Ooops! Me culpa :-(
I went back and re-read your post in which you did state,
"I did not ask her who her grandparents were. (I hate that I did'nt)",
I guess referring to George's parents.
Yes, I also noticed the information about the birthplace of George's parents as well as his birth year (1853) in the 1880 Census.
If you're referring to the death record for George Thornton which indicates his birth year as 1860, well that's not at all unusual. Look at it this way......This George guy was now gone to be with the ancestors......wasn't able to fill out his own death certificate.......somebody, the informant, most likely gave their "best guest".
Variations in birthplace, birthyear, deathyear, etc. are bound to show up. Does not mean they're not your ancestors. Yes, some dates will be off. Please don't be quick to dismiss records due to those type of discrepancies. Just continue reviewing each record individually and weigh it against other pertinent information.
Many researchers like to blame the census takers for these errors, typos, etc. Frankly speaking, I believe most of it is due to 21st century volunteers who are keying millions of records in order that we might find our folks. God Bless each and everyone of them for their dedicated labor.
Many of my ancestors have various birthyear's, different spelling of names with each census. One ancestor has 3 different birthyears but I know it's the correct ancestor based on other findings.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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