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Any Maid or Woman Child: A New Nation and Its Marriage Laws

Nicholas L. Syrett

in American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629537
eISBN:
9781469629551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter explains the English common law and colonial legal antecedents to early national marriage law in the extant states. It argues that the common law marriage ages of twelve (for girls) and ... More


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