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  •  scandals (8+ / 0-)

    Would illegitimate births be scandalous? There are a number in my dad's line, beginning with the g.g.g. gfather I mentioned above. It seemed to me, from census records that those who had babies out of wedlock still lived in the same area as other family members, so I guess they weren't shunned?

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    by raina on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:45:47 AM PST

    •  My paternal grandfather... (7+ / 0-)

      ...(who I wrote about in my other comment) may or may not have been illegitimate, which might possibly be why he took his maternal grandparents' family name. But I just haven't been able to find out for sure...

      There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

      by slksfca on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:02:22 AM PST

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    •  Depends on the time and place..... (8+ / 0-)

      In the era in Scotland I'm most familiar with, the samples I've run into have the child living with grandparents in many (but not all) cases. In most of these grandparent cases, the mother is usually off working in the mills or as a domestic servant, and the grandparents are farmers/shepherds in more rural areas.

      One interesting fact for Scottish law: if the parents of a child were not married to each other but not ineligible to marry (not already married, not underage), a subsequent marriage between the parents legitimized the child ~ whether the marriage happened 3 minutes or 3 decades after the child's birth.

      In the older Elizabeth Little's case, she had four (at least) children and never married; all four lived with her (while her husband's aunt had followed the rural grandparent format for her child born before her marriage). Same father for all of the four? Don't know :-(

      Wonder if DNA testing will improve enough in my lifetime to provide more information....there was one son, but I haven't been able to trace any children for him to try to talk someone into getting tested ~ and even if I did, there's not guarantee that Elizabeth the younger and her brother had the same father.

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:10:57 AM PST

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