Marriage Customs in 1800s Naples

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islander28
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Marriage Customs in 1800s Naples

Postby islander28 » 05 Apr 2013, 03:27

While researching my family tree I discovered that my great grandparents married in 1885, after all 5 of their children were born. The children were born from 1866 to 1881, all in Naples. So far, these is no evidence of a previous marriage for either person. Can anyone account for people marrying so long after they began having children?

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Re: Marriage Customs in 1800s Naples

Postby erudita74 » 05 Apr 2013, 14:34

islander28 wrote:While researching my family tree I discovered that my great grandparents married in 1885, after all 5 of their children were born. The children were born from 1866 to 1881, all in Naples. So far, these is no evidence of a previous marriage for either person. Can anyone account for people marrying so long after they began having children?


It's possible that they had previously married in the church and had not had a civil ceremony until 1885. After the unification of Italy, church marriages were not recognized by the civil state, so children who had been born to parents who had married in the church, but not civilly, were considered illegitimate in the eyes of the civil law. Parents who were very religious may have held out in having a civil marriage.

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