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From: "oneoldog" <>
Subject: Re: [GA-Roots] Marrying Ages
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 16:12:33 -0000
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My grandmother married when she was 14, following a few months my daddy. The
live in the mountains of KY and sometimes they had to wait for a preacher to
show up, (this could take months )so the declared their intentions and just
moved in together.
Pat in Tx
[GA-Roots] Marrying Ages
> > >For some reason a lot of southern women married young. I
> > think it was to get away from a big family with too many
> > mouths to feed or since women were considered property
> > of the father, maybe to avoid sexual abuse. Or the sons
> > moved out and needed a wife to take care of them and
> > maybe children from a first wife.
> > I have several lines where the women married very young.
> > Unfortunately, marrying at 11 is not that uncommon.
> WOW! I haven
> t yet seen one that early. About the earliest I've seen is 15. I would
> think that marryin' off the girls would be to attract more workers to the
> farm or to keep the boys on the farm. I definitely agree with the
> needing taking care of . . but I have doubts that someone would want a
> taking care of the children...