Re: Marrying dead wife's sister #poland
I do not know how to decide whether a practice is "common", but I cantoggle quoted message Show quoted text
provide a little evidence that the practice of marrying a dead wife's
sister was not rare in the middle of the 19th century. Both of my
mother's sets of grandparents were the second marriage of exactly
such a relationship.
My mother's paternal grandfather Avrohom Yitzchak (Avromch'k)
TSUKERMAN (spelling not known) lived in one or more of the shtetls
between Michalowe and Zabludow. He married Esther GARBER c1848 and
with her had four children. She died and he then became betrothed to
her very young (some say 12-year-old) sister Leiba and waited four
years to marry her c1860.
My mother's maternal grandfather was a cantor in Mitau in Courland,
and his marriages occurred c1837 and c1849, so marrying a dead wife's
sister occurred probably throughout the pale of settlement around