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Subject: Re: [GA-Roots] Girls marrying older men
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 08:18:50 -0500
The marring of older men by young Girls was not unusual in the old west
after the civil war when the south was in such poor shape, many disabled
veterans married young girls to take care of them. This was encouraged
by the girls famines. Many of the veterans were bed fast but drew
pensions, This gave the girl and her family a little money to live on.
Now the pension were very small $5 or $10 a month went a long way. Many
times there was no father in the girls family as he had been killed
during the war and the mother was not in the best of health her self.
Many years ago there was a lady who retired from the State Department
and as a volunteer worked in the basement of the Department of Veterans
affairs who kept up with the civil war veterans wives and children and
arranged their reunions of the last of their kin. Many of the last of
the kin were girls who had married the veterans and taken care of them
during their last days. Yes many were married in their early teens
strictly to give the girl a home and to care for the Veteran. And if
this was done for veterans I am sure it was done for other older men
allowing the girls family to gain title to what ever property the older
man had when he died. other wise the property went to the state or a
We seem to forget how hard it was to make a living in bygone day, and
children grew up fast. or died.
On Sat, 12 Aug 2000 00:49:57 -0400 Tootsie Peck <>
> A lot of young men were lost in the wah-ah---both North and South.