JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Repeat marriage in the US? #general

Nachum Tuchman <nachum@...>

I am reminded of weddings that took place in around 1964.
Sometime around then, the draft exemption for married men, in the US, was
cancelled. Anyone marrying before the cutoff date
got an exemption, anyone marrying after the cutoff date was eligible for
the draft. I remember hearing that many men who had weddings planned
for the days or weeks following the cutoff date, married earlier, so
that they would still be eligible for the exemption. They
then celebrated the original date, as the hall was booked and
invitations had been sent out.

As I recall, the cutoff date was midnight of a particular Saturday
night. That last Saturday evening, a couple, their parents, and a few
other people came to our house, where my father married them, just hours
before the cutoff date. The next day they 'renewed' their vows in front
of the invited guests. My father refused to lie, and write a wrong date
on the papers that he had to send in to the local authorities. So, he
gave them the choice to bring their wedding forward, or take their
chances on the draft.

Nachum Tuchman

-----Original Message-----
From: Yehuda Berman []=20
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 1:49 PM

My late parents told me that they married each other three times, twice
civilly and once religiously. In 1930 my mother was living in Windsor,
Canada where she had arrived >from Russia because she could not get a
visa to the U.S. where her brother, who had sent the boat tickets,
lived. She met my father, who lived across the river in Detroit and
they decided to get married. They married civilly in Canada in order to
facilitate her entry into the U.S. as the wife of an American citizen.
Upon arrival in the U.S. they married again civilly because they
weren 92t sure the first marriage would be recognized (don 92t ask me
why). Then, six months later, they married in a religious ceremony, and
that 92s when they started living together and that 92s the date they
celebrated their anniversaries.

For that matter, in the mid-Sixties, friends of mine living in New York
got married there in a civil ceremony for some reason connected to
bureaucracy. A few weeks later they got married again in Connecticut
where the bride 92s parents lived, this time religiously, and that 92s
when they started living together and that 92s the date they celebrate
their wedding anniversary.

I assume that other people also married more than once for reasons that
made sense at the time, and have since been forgotten.

Yehuda Berman
Researching: BERMAN 96 Tomashpol, Kishinev, and London;

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