What was "proper mourning"/remarriage in NY in 1886? #general

A. E. Jordan

I am researching a Jewish family in New York in the 1800s. If I got it right with
the right certificates:

The husband's first wife dies at age 37 while they are living on Eldrige Street.
She dies on March 28, 1886 and leaves behind several young children. The husband
then remarries on July 4, 1886. That would make his second marriage less than
four months after the first wife dies.

Do you think he would have remarried that quickly and if so do you think he would
have been shunned by the community for not observing a proper period of mourning?

Next I find him in the 1890s in Brooklyn, NY. That must be just a coincidence but
moving >from Manhattan to Brooklyn in the 1880s was much more of an undertaking
than the subway ride it is today.

I am sure it is possible that he could have remarried in less than four months, but
curious what the reactions would have been or if it was common to remarry so
quickly especially when he had little children to look after.



Allan Jordan

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