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adrian
#1 | Posted: 13 Mar 2007 11:50 | Edited by: adrian
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In parts of Lincolnshire including the Isle of Axholme, when times were hard and the land was harsh, females had to prove they were of child bearing stock prior to marriage. So many marriages took place after conception. The Wesley's arrival in Epworth around 1696 marked a new era of civility with John Wesley crusading Methodism from 1729
WOG
#2 | Posted: 15 Oct 2007 16:14
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Not only Lincolnshire. Derbyshire hill farmers saying
"You do not buy a heifer until it is in calf.".
Furthermore it was not as one sided as you suggest. A farmer would not want a sterile cow, but what farmer's wife would want a sterile bull.
Father would notice that although his oldest son had had been courting two or three young women nothing had happened, yet when those young women were courted by another young man
they got pregnant. He would tell his younger son that as soon as he got a young woman pregnant the farm would be his and not the older brother's.
Illegitimate and illiterate William Goldthorp married illiterate Lydea Heys on the 22nd June 1818 shortly after their first child was born on 1st may 1818 and died on the 5th May 1818, In Krikburton Parish Church and signed as recorded by the sexton William Goldthorp X his mark, Lydea Heys X he mark.
hywelgriffiths
#3 | Posted: 18 Nov 2008 11:37
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This is the same of Somerset and Devon.

Basically nobody married anybody intill the baby was kicking.

Apparantly this was still going on in Austria after WW2.
 
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