[APG Public List] Time of marriage

Connie Sheets clsheets1 at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 8 12:25:05 MDT 2010

Like Donna, I often seem to see December marriages.  So, out of curiosity, I ran a search of my database, which contains about 2000 marriages before 1930 of individuals who were almost exclusively Midwestern and Southern Protestant farmers, descended from individuals in the US by the Revolution. 

Here are the totally unscientific results, but they would tend to suggest the trend was toward more marriages in December, and not during peak planting/growing seasons.

January 8.8%
February 8.1%
March 10.4%
April 4.8%
May 5.2%
June 6.5%
July 6.0%
August 7.5%
September 8.7%
October 10.7%
November 9.8%
December 13.0%

Connie Sheets

Donna McR wrote:

> Traci wrote:
> > If these folks were farmers, how about the timing
> being before the busy
> > planting/growing season begins?
> Getting married after harvest was also common.  My
> parents, who married in 1936 in Texas, timed their wedding
> to take place after the cotton crop was ginned and sold.
> December weddings were quite popular in the South.  I
> probably see more weddings in December than any other
> month.


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