With the citing of sources and learning the process, it has become very clear that it is no longer possible to ignore the birth dates differences for my father and my grandfather.
|My dad, Ernest Rhea and my grandpa, William Rhea, La Brea Tar Pits, October 1947|
My grandfather was maybe born in 1882. My mother copied the pages of the family Bible in 1982 but no one knows where it went after that. I have the copies and it lists my grandfather's birth year at 1882 but many of his other documents say 1881. I believe I will eventually end up using the Bible as proof because it is the source listed on the Delayed Tennessee Birth Certificate. I don't think I can argue with the State of Tennessee. I can understand the confusion with my grandfather, he did not request the certificate until 1946 at the age of 64.
I'm beginning to think I like my mother's side of the family much better because they documented everything.