I have a documentation problem with Augusta McWhirter B: 1856-57 to James S. McWhirter and Priscilla Adams.
The 1860 census has her listed as a boy named Augustus. Without further documentation available, I wonder if genealogists may have assumed that the name and sex were in error and listed on their trees that this was a female Augusta B:1856-57, later married to Julius Burleson?
Meanwhile I found a 1870 census for McNairy, TN, I find an Augusta McWhirter, B:1861, daughter of James L. McWhirter and Louisa, siblings Mary, Euphemia, & Balys.
My question is this: Have people made an error by changing the name and sex to fit the tree or is there documentation which bears out that this was a census error, that Augustus the boy was actually Augusta, a girl?
Is there a chance that there was a boy, Augustus McWhirter, born to James and Priscilla, who may have died because I cannot find an Augustus in later records.
Perhaps Augustus/Augusta was a family name of the McWhirter and this James L. McWhirter was a brother or close relative to James Stephens McWhirter so they both chose to follow the naming conventions?
Just stuck on that one and not sure how to resolve it. It wouldn't be a problem for me if I didn't a different Augusta B:1861 in McNairy County.