I see that a few of my ancestors changed their age: either younger (11 1/2 when he was really 13) or older (saying she was 16 when she was either 14 or 15).
They both appeared to be traveling alone and were on separate ships- no relation to one another.
What was the youngest age for being allowed on the ship without a parent or guardian in the early 1900's?
I can understand why my grandmother said she was younger, but what might be a reason for a person saying he was younger than he really was? I have his actual birth record from a Polish church, so I know the DOB is accurate and he "lied" on his naturalization forms. I'm sure there was a good reason for all of this, but I just wonder what your thoughts are.