What moment in history have you found that changed your ancestors lives?Awhile ago my genea -buddy sister was doing some research on our g-g-grandmother Susannah’s siblings. She had six younger sisters and four of them were of marrying age during the 1860’s. My sister commented that these girls must have lacked in looks or personality (to be kind) since none of them married until their very late 20’s or early 30’s. Our g-g-grandmother was 30 years old when she married but she had a “Scarlet Letter” pinned to her chest which is another story in itself! You may remember me blogging about her here and here.
So why did all these girls marry “so late in life?” I’ll bet it was the war. With so many men enlisting or eventually being drafted into Civil War service, courtships must have come to a standstill! In our area 2,000 men served which is about 10 percent of the population at that time. In fact my research has our g-g-grandmother seeing her brother and five cousins off to war and I’m not anywhere near finished researching the family yet.
I hadn’t really noticed the trend of this entire family marrying later until my sister pointed it out, but isn’t it another example of learning what events local and nationwide impacted our ancestors?
What moment in history have you found that changed your ancestors lives? It would be neat to see if that same event occurred in our own families. Let me know in the comments, won’t you?