Being very curious about how common young (for the woman) marriages were in the early (19th century) Mormon church I pulled up my own family history and started searching. While I knew of one in particular at age 12, I was surprised to find several 14 and 15 year olds as well. Even with this, the average was 21.1 years old. I created this graph showing the distribution by decade.
Curiously, I found that the average woman's age at first marriage dropped sharply in the 1870s and jumped up in the 1880’s. I was left with a puzzle to explain. Was my sample too small? Probably, I only have records of 112 marriages in the 19th century. But since this dip happened in the middle of the polygamous period, perhaps there is an explanation tied to this peculiar practice. Anyone have any suggestions?
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