In a message dated 2/19/01 11:28:37 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< I put in a marriage dates of 1652 and 1852. For 1652 it
estimates that the parents were born in 1628 and 1630. That makes the
husband 24 and the wife 22 at marriage. I don't know about all ethnic
groups, but for many of the Ashkenazi, that is ancient. You see lots of
messages on Jewishgen about marriages of people 12 and 14 years old! They
are almost grandparents by 24!!! >>
Not so in Germany, for sure.
I have discovered that in the families in which I am doing research
(southern Germany, rural and urban, in the 18th and 19th century),
assuming that a man was 30yo at the birth of the child, gives a good
clue to his likely birth date. Many men had to wait for the death of a
father, or the accumulation of personal wealth (or dowery), before they
could afford/were permitted to marry. For mothers, you can probably knock
five years off that age.
So we get an average of three generations a century for males, four
generations for females.
As for the average age difference between father and mother, that's not so
easy. With high childbirth mortality, many mothers were second wives and,
given the paucity of males in a position to marry, a 20 year old woman
would be ready to settle for a 45-year-old widower.
Michael Bernet, New York
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