interesting marriage capers
Victim: Ellen Emma Maidment (c 1840)
Circumstance: A younger model. The Kingston's son Benjamin was born in 1794. He married the teenage granddaughter of his housekeeper, when he was sixty. Look out for the marriage of the grieving widow to the seventeen year-old boy next door just a few months later. This marriage took place in Bristol, far from flapping tongues. With a sigh I note that when her own daughter turned 16 she straight away married the nearest 50 year-old man she could find, a carpenter in the neighbouring village.
Origin of this story: General Register Office marriage indexes, East Pennard Parish Register, censuses.