Author Topic: Too young?  (Read 479 times)

Offline Shrop63

  • RootsChat Senior
  • ****
  • Posts: 302
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Too young?
« on: Tuesday 30 November 21 18:26 GMT (UK) »
I,m fairly convinced on my GMX6 and she was 21 at marriage in 1786, however, best fit for the groom would have been 20. Is it likely or should i be looking for an older one? Thanks
Clare
Poole
Dunning
Wilson
Parton
Vaughan
Watkiss

Offline Jebber

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 4,819
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 18:58 GMT (UK) »
I canít see anything  particularly unusual about the age difference.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Offline PurdeyB

  • RootsChat Extra
  • **
  • Posts: 77
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 19:51 GMT (UK) »
My Gx2 grandmother was 36 and a widow with 3 children when my 22 year old Gx2 grandfather married her so I'd say anything is possible!
Boutflower/Boutflour - Northumberland & County Durham
Branfoot - N Yorkshire, Northumberland & County Durham
Horwell - York, E Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
Bettley - N & W Yorkshire


Offline Shrop63

  • RootsChat Senior
  • ****
  • Posts: 302
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 20:08 GMT (UK) »
Didnt they need parent permission? Not that should be a problem i wouldnt have thought?
Clare
Poole
Dunning
Wilson
Parton
Vaughan
Watkiss

Offline PurdeyB

  • RootsChat Extra
  • **
  • Posts: 77
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 20:16 GMT (UK) »
Didnt they need parent permission? Not that should be a problem i wouldnt have thought?

That's a face palm moment. I completely missed your point.

Apparently marriage by licence required parental consent under 21 but by banns was permissible under 21 unless a parent objected after the banns were read.
Boutflower/Boutflour - Northumberland & County Durham
Branfoot - N Yorkshire, Northumberland & County Durham
Horwell - York, E Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
Bettley - N & W Yorkshire

Offline Jebber

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 4,819
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 21:26 GMT (UK) »
Consent was only needed if under 21, the groom at 20 could easily pass for 21. People  were often less  than truthful when providing information, that's why you get fictitious fathers named on the marriage certificates  of some illegitimate people.

 Some men  married their dead wife's sister which was illegal, often marrying in  another village, or going to London  where they were not known. The same goes for bigamous marriages, which were far from unusual.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Offline KGarrad

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 24,885
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 30 November 21 21:57 GMT (UK) »
Marriages are informant led; it was assumed people told the truth!
No evidence was asked for.
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

Offline Maiden Stone

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 5,998
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 01 December 21 00:19 GMT (UK) »
My Gx2 grandmother was 36 and a widow with 3 children when my 22 year old Gx2 grandfather married her so I'd say anything is possible!

Similar to one of my lines although bridegroom was 24/5 when he married a widow in her 30's. His son also married when he was in his mid-20s to a woman in her 30s. That marriage produced 5 children. Both women outlived their husbands.
A youth in another line, aged 18, married a woman aged 24. Their ages were written in the marriage register. Husband died aged 40. She remarried in her 50s.
All those marriages were in 1700s.
Cowban

Offline chris_49

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,232
  • Unknown Father - swiving then vanishing since 1750
    • View Profile
Re: Too young?
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 01 December 21 08:49 GMT (UK) »
Like others I have instances of younger men marrying older women, but I have one instance where I was on the point of getting it wrong. A youth of 16 seemed to marry a woman of 20, and this was (more or less) borne out by censuses, his age perhaps being advanced a little, but still younger than her.

In fact more research proved that she had married a youth of the same name aged 18. If the bride was pregnant, that would be one less impediment to a wedding.

My great grandparents married both claiming to be of age, but they were 20. This was after my grandmother's birth, but before her registration and baptism, so she appeared to be legitimate.
Skelcey (Skelsey Skelcy Skeley Shelsey Kelcy Skelcher) - Warks, Yorks, Lancs <br />Hancox - Warks<br />Green - Warks<br />Draper - Warks<br />Lynes - Warks<br />Hudson - Warks<br />Morris - Denbs Mont Salop <br />Davies - Cheshire, North Wales<br />Fellowes - Cheshire, Denbighshire<br />Owens - Cheshire/North Wales<br />Hicks - Cornwall<br />Lloyd and Jones (Mont)<br />Rhys/Rees (Mont)