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Sicilian age for women to marry

Postby ray1955 » 29 Oct 2013, 22:52

I just found a record where a 23 year old man married 15 year old young lady he was a peasant farmer
Contadino and she was a spinner.

Was curious if they would marry that young they are the only ones I found that young.
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Re: Sicilian age for women to marry

Postby adelfio » 29 Oct 2013, 23:19

That why they had marriage banns before they got married in case someone opposed of the marriage
I have seen 14 in Trabia but there was one time I translated a birth with the father being 81 and the mother 22
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Re: Sicilian age for women to marry

Postby Primo Mattino » 02 Nov 2013, 20:56

The youngest spouse I found had 11 years
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Re: Sicilian age for women to marry

Postby dominique426 » 02 Nov 2013, 21:27

Primo Mattino wrote:The youngest spouse I found had 11 years


Wow... 11! I can never ever imagine being a wife at such an age. :shock:

What year did the marriage take place?

I know that before a girl could be married her parents would want her to begin menstruating first, but I've experienced a lot in my own family (even here in the USA) and read a lot about arranged marriages. The girl would be betrothed (set into an agreement made by her father to marry a boy usually for a "price" such as cattle, etc) then when she "matured" or became older, they would become married. The earliest I've seen of these arranged marriages was 12 and a half. I know with the arranged marriages or younger brides (signs of a betrothal) that they usually wedded a man twice her age.
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