JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Very Young Marriages #general

Al Yellon <tvdirector@...>
 

Martha Lev-Zion wrote in message <39B759C0.36A3E6E2@...>...
Randi Jaspan wrote:
We have come across in our family tree what seems to be incredibly
young ages of marriage in the 1800's. It seems inconsistant with
the "norm" at the time. The ages would have been about 12-14 for females,
and around 15 for males. Has anyone else found this to be the confirmed
case in their family research? >>

Not in my family. However, in reviewing and databasing Archival records
from Herder Institute microfilms that the Courland Research Group
purchased, I have come across an enormous number of 15 year old fathers
and 12 - 15 year old mothers. The material dates >from 1798 to 1804 from
what is now present day Latvia.
There is a legend in my family, and I do believe it to be true, that the
earliest ancestors (who we can trace) married at the age of 17 (male) and
13 (female) in around 1830.

Al Yellon

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