Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Longest Ancestral Marriage

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!), is to:


1)  Marcia Philbrick wrote Celebrating 50 Years today on her Heartland Genealogy blog, and suggested it for a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, so here it is:

2)   How many of your ancestors were married for FIFTY years?  What is the longest marriage of your ancestors in your tree (from marriage to first death of a spouse, or divorce)?  Consider, say, the last 6 generations to make it manageable!

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this blog post to lead us to your answers.

Here's mine:

I went methodically through my six generations of direct ancestors, and found (skipping those for whom I don't have a marriage date or death date, with years of marriage and first death in parentheses):

*  Parents Frederick Seaver* and Betty Carringer - 41 years (1942-1983)

*  Grandparents Frederick Seaver* and Alma Bessie Richmond - 42 years (1900-1942)
*  Grandparents Lyle Carringer* and Emily Auble - 58 years (1918-1976)

Grandparents marriage length range:  42-58 years
Grandparents (2) average marriage length:  50.0 years

*  Great-grandparents Frank Seaver and Hattie Hildreth* - 46 years (1874-1920)
*  Great-grandparents Thomas Richmond and Julia White* - 45 years (1868-1913)
*  Great-grandparents Henry Carringer and Della Smith* - 57 years (1887-1944)
*  Great-grandparents Charles Auble* and Georgianna Kemp - 17 years (1899-1916)

1st-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  17-57 years
1st-Great-grandparents (4) average marriage length:  41.2 years

*  2nd-Great-grandparents Isaac Seaver and Lucretia Smith* - 33 years (1851-1884)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents Edward Hildreth* and Sophia Newton - 47 years (1852-1899)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents James Richman and Hannah Rich* - 66 years (1845-1911)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents  Henry White and Amy Oatley* - 20 years (1844-1864)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents David Carringer and Rebecca Spangler* - 50 years (1851-1901)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents Devier Smith* and Abigail Vaux - 33 years (1861-1894)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents David Auble* and Sarah Knapp - 50 years (1844-1894)
*  2nd-Great-grandparents James Kemp and Mary Jane Sovereen* - 13 years (1861-1874)

2nd-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  13 to 66 years
2nd-Great-grandparents (8) average marriage length:  39.0 years

*  3rd-Great-grandparents Benjamin Seaver* and Abigail Gates - 8 years (1817-1825)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Alpheus Smith* and Elizabeth Dill - 14 years (1826-1840)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtell* - 47 years (1810-1857)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Richman and Ann Marshman* - 45 years (1811-1856)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Rich and Rebecca Hill* - 47 years (1815-1862)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Jonathan White* and Miranda Wade - 27 years (1823-1850)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Jonathan Oatley and Amy Champlin* - 52 years (1813-1865)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Henry Carringer and Sarah Feather* - 23 years (1825-1848)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Daniel Spangler* and Elizabeth King - 36 years (1815-1851)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Samuel Vaux* and Mary Ann Underhill - 41 years (1839-1880)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents John Auble* and Anna Row - 27 years (1804-1831)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents William Knapp* and Sarah Cutter - 52 years (1804-1856)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Abraham Kemp and Sarah Fletcher* - ~ 31 years (1818-~1849)
*  3rd-Great-grandparents Alexander Sovereen and Eliza Putman* - 55 years (1840-1895)

3rd-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  8 to 55 years
3rd-Great-grandparents (14) average marriage length:  36.1 years

*  4th-Great-grandparents Benjamin Seaver* and Martha Whitney - 33 years (1783-1816)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Nathan Gates* and Abigail Knowlton - 40 years (1790-1830)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Aaron Smith* and Mercy Plimpton - 46 years (1795-1841)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Thomas Dill and Hannah Horton* - 15 years (1782-1797)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Zachariah Hildreth and Elizabeth Keyes* - 16 years (1777-1793)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Josiah Sawtell and Hannah Smith* - 38 years (1789-1827)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips* - ~50 years (1780->1830)
*  4th-Great-grandparents John Hill* and Ann Warren - 37 years (1788-1825?)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Humphrey White* and Sybil Kirby - 28 years (1786-1814)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Simon Wade and Phebe Horton* - ~30 years (~1790-~1820)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Joseph Oatley* and Mary Hazard - 34 years (1781-1815)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Joseph Champlin and Nancy Kenyon* - 48 years (1785-1833)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Martin Carringer* and Maria Houx - 50 years (1785-1835)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Rudolf Spangler* and Dorothea Dinkel - 44 years (1767-1811)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Philip King and Catherine Ruth* - 24 years (1789-1813)
*  4th-Great-grandparents James Vaux* and Mary Palmer - 31 years (1808-1839)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Amos Underhill and Mary Metcalf* - 54 years (1801-1855)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Johannes Auble and Sophia Trimmer* - 34 years (1777-1811)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Philip Row* and Mary Smith - 35 years (1772-1817)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Stephen Cutter* and Tabitha Randolph - 54 years (1769-1823)
*  4th-Great-grandparents John Kemp and Mary Dafoe* - 37 years (1795-1832)
*  4th-Great-grandparents Frederick Sovereign and Mary Jane Hutchison* - 58 years (1810-
1868)
*  4th-Great-grandparents John Putman and Sarah Martin* - 50 years (1810-1860)

4th-Great-grandparents marriage length range:  15-58 years
4th-Great-grandparents (23) average marriage length:  38.5 years

*  The longest marriage in these six generations of my ancestors is 66 years for James Richman and Hannah Rich.
*  The range for these 52 marriages is 8 to 66 years
*  The average length of these 52 marriages is 38.6 years
*  There are 15 ancestral couples with 50 years or more years of marriage (out of 52 listed)

Thank you, Marcia, for the SNGF idea.


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6 comments:

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine
https://loiswillis.blog/2019/02/10/sunday-afternoon-genealogy-fun-your-longest-ancestral-marriage/

Lisa Gorrell said...

Here is mine.

https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2019/02/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html

Janice Sellers said...

And here is mine:

http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/2019/02/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html

Linda Stufflebean said...

My longest is actually my aunt and uncle, obviously not my direct line, who have been married for 64 years. Here is my direct line, with many much shorter marriages: https://emptybranchesonthefamilytree.com/2019/02/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-11/

Jacquie Schattner said...

What a great idea! I did a quick calculation through my gr-grandparents, so parents, grandparents and gr-grandparents were included - 7 couples. They were married an average of 45.5 years - which I think is remarkably high. The shortest marriage of 25 years, was of my father's parents, when his father, a big smoker, died at 49 of a sudden heart attack. The longest marriages are in a close tie. By 3 months, both of my mother's grandparents were married 55 years give or take a month. All marriages ended by death, not divorce. I'm not sure they were all happy love matches, but they were all devoted to each other. This is a great time to ask. My husband and I will be celebrating 40 years in a couple of months. We are a happy love match. Happy Valentine's Day!

Nancy said...

Thanks, Randy. I could only go back five generations. Here's my list: https://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/married-fifty-years-saturday-night.html