Re: Illegitimate births circa 1840 #germany
Arline and Sidney Sachs
My g.g.grandfather wrote of his experience in the early and mid 1800s in Kastel (across the river from Mainz). When he wanted to get married in 1829 he had to get permission from the town, community and state. To do this he had to prove he would not be a burden on the community. He was serving as a Chazen and had to have the entire community sign an official paper saying that they would continue to support him. ( I have this document if anyone wants to see it.) One member of the small community did not sign it. My ancestor wrote in his journal that he returned to his room and cried, but the owner assured him that they would make sure he would get it. Much later the mayor asked the person who would not sign, why he had not signed. My ancestor wrote "He has yet to answer the mayor".
Many years later when his daughter wanted to get married, he made the comment about his future son-in-law, who lived in Bischofsheim (now part of Mainz). " Thank goodness he received his permission to marry."
Remember the early 1800s was a time of great immigration of Germans to America - both Jewish and Christians.
Arline and Sidney Sachs <sachs@...>
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