Odds and Ends

Ann Cushman provides a marvelous resource of odds and ends and tidbits and stuff from the unusual to the amusing. In between, you might find a clue or a new source of information to aid your research.


Apparently, in the 1700s and 1800s, a bondsman came with the groom to validate his legal status. That person was probably a relative or a close friend. If a person was underage a parent would need to sign consent. Find out the legal age in that earlier time period to get an approximate minimum age to be married.