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Offline Andrew Tarr

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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #27 on: Monday 29 March 21 17:08 BST (UK) »
... it was more common for men to sleep around than women.

I have always wondered about the stats for this.  On the face of it, it makes sense, but as it takes two to tango, one must deduce that to be outnumbered, the women who participated must have had more partners than the men.  Presumably many of them belonged to the oldest profession.
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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #28 on: Monday 29 March 21 19:48 BST (UK) »
My grandmother got married while expecting her third or fourth child

Kept first one, second one was adopted, I *think* her third was stillborn (my dad can remember something about her having a boy who died at birth before they married) then got married 3 months before my aunt was born (was late 20s into mid thirties)

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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #29 on: Monday 29 March 21 21:10 BST (UK) »
I have a couple who had their first child in 1834, the child was given father's forename as a middle name, and the couple finally married in 1839.
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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #30 on: Tuesday 30 March 21 20:23 BST (UK) »
Not that unusual in Northeast Scotland in the pre/early-Victorian era. My 2G Grandmother had 6 children with 4 different fathers and never married. She died at age 94. Her mother had 3 illegitimate as well, though all by the same father. And her mother's mother had at least one that I'm sure of. So it ran in familys apparently. LoL
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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #31 on: Friday 02 April 21 15:00 BST (UK) »
Not unusual - my great great grandmother Sarah, had  5 children out of wedlock (First when she was 17, 5th when she was 36). She then married and had 3 more children.   One of her daughter had an illegitimate son, but married 4 years later and had a large family.  No fathers named for any of them.

Incidentally, no trace of Sarahs parents getting married, so... like mother, like daughter etc?

On my fathers side, his aunt had three daughters out of wedlock, but they were brought up as her siblings.
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Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« Reply #32 on: Friday 02 April 21 15:23 BST (UK) »
It's always worth looking for baptism s in such cases
Father is sometimes named
One of mine ran off when she was 15 had 2 children before marriage went to South Africa had another then got  married and had 3 children baptised together had another 2
Her husband died while she was pregnant and she had another child 2 years after his death who carried his surname.
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