"They married so young back then!"
I've heard this many times but it certainly isn't true in my family tree. I take "so young" to mean in their teens and I have not found many teen marriages in my research. I'm certain that in my file there are a few cousins that married at 16 or perhaps even younger but here I will look only at my ancestors.
My parents were 20 and 21 and for my tree that was young.
My paternal grandparents, Kim Berry & Mary Kelly were 22.
My maternal grandparents, Daniel Carlisle & Pearl Camfield, about 34.
Joseph Berry & Charlotte Hollington, 22 and 17 (a month shy of her 18th birthday).
James Kelly & Isabella White, 35 and 26.
Ashley Carlisle & Annie Camfield were 34 and 23.
Joseph Camfield & Rose Graham, 25 and 20.
Thomas Berry & Jane Rawlings, 22 and 20.
James Hollington & Sarah Ann Ross, 22 and 20.
Michael Kelly & Mary, wish I knew but my best guess is early 20's.
James White & Isabella Craig, 31 and 29.
Daniel Carlisle & Louisa Glover were about 30. Hannah Glover (Daniel's 2nd wife) was 29.
Michael Camfield & Sarah Ann Wisner, I think he was about 20, she was about 22.
James Graham & Elizabeth Doughty were 18.
I won't bore you with specifics of all individuals further generations back. The only others I've found that married in their teens were:
- Phebe Haight, who was born on 12 Nov 1701 and married Anthony Badgley on her 18th birthday. (Now I am questioning the date and need to go back and recheck!)
- Miriam Eager, born 1712 married Isaac Harrington when she was 16 or 17.
- Ebenezer Lewis & Hannah Gill were both about 18 in 1723 when they married.
There are too many ancestors in my file that I don't have specific dates for and there could be be others but all in all, having looked at 9 generations I was surprised I didn't find more.
So how do I compare to my ancestors? At the time of my first marriage I was a month shy of my 18th birthday. Guess which of my ancestors I was named for. Coincidence?
This was written for the 52nd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, Age. This edition of the COG will be hosted by Lisa at 100 Years in America.