A very young marriage

I came across a marriage for the sibling of one of my ancestor that gave me pause to think.  The marriage is for Joze Correa and Roza de Rezendes.  He is the son of Mateus Correa and Maria de Mello.  She is the daughter of Domingos Pimentel and Barbara de Rezendes.  They were married in 1777.

What caught my eye was the baptismal years.  If I was reading it correctly, Joze was baptized in 1764 and Roza in 1766.  It was the practice of the Azoreans to baptize children very soon after birth.  If that held up here, the groom was 13 and bride 11 when they were married.

I know that at different times and places a young bride and groom was not uncommon.  My own great aunt was married at 14.  However, I haven’t seen this in the Azorean records.  They are usually at the minimum 16 and the groom is usually 20 or so.  Roza’s brother, Antonio, didn’t get married until 1797.  These two were already married 20 years by then.

Maybe the priest recording the information messed up.  We all mistakes.  Maybe this was a rare case where the bride and groom were baptized in their teens.  I haven’t found that in my research in the Azores but it’s a possibility.

The only way to find out was to find the baptismal records.  Luckily, the dates were given in the marriage record.  I headed over to the arquivo website to see what I could find.  First page I looked at gave me Roza’s sibling (lucky for me!)  Next, I found Joze’s record, and then I found Roza’s.  In both cases, they were born and baptized same month and year exactly as written on the marriage record.

Woah.  I have to wonder how that came about since it wasn’t the norm.  He was just hitting adolescence and she was really still a child.  Could it be that he got her pregnant?  The only way to find that out will be to search the baptismal records in 1777 or 1778.  Otherwise, I will never know what might cause parents to agree to a marriage between what really is two children.

Looks like I’ve got another genealogy mystery to solve.



Book of Me, Prompt 21: My Hobbies

[This is prompt 21 of the Book of Me, Written by You series:  Hobbies]

I have always had a lot of hobbies.  When I was growing up I loved to make things:  Shrinky Dinks, Shaker Makers, String Art, Latch Hook Rugs, Embroidery, Needle Point, Plastic Canvas.  If they made a kit for it, I probably tried it.  I still enjoy crafts as an adult.  However, arthritis prevents me from doing almost any kind of fine work or stitchery.  I just can’t hold a needle anymore.  My middle niece loves making things and we’ve worked on various projects together over the years.

I’ve always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, and board games.  I love when my nieces and nephew come over and we have our board game marathons.  And, now I don’t have to let them win because they are old enough to handle losing :D  I love that my tablet allows me to play a whole variety of games.  I enjoy nothing more than mental challenges.

Growing up I collected baseball cards.  I used to have a box (the type you use to wrap clothes for a present) filled with them, especially of the 1970s Oakland A’s.  I began collecting postage stamps in my early 20s.  I was fascinated by the different stamps that came on my letters from pen pals.  My Aunt was the one who got my started collecting them.  I still do this, though not as regularly.  I also collect postcards.  I have postcards from around the world from my pen pals.  They fill several shoe boxes.

I used to love to spend time in nature, going camping, taking hikes, setting out with my camera.  Arthritis put a damper on that.  The pain in my feet making it too difficult to walk for long periods.  But, I’ve kept up with nature photography.  Just in my backyard I can find different flowers and critters to take pictures of.  We get some spectacular sunsets where I live.  When I set out with my camera, it gives a chance to be outside and in the fresh air.  Something I miss since arthritis.

I guess as with most folks doing these prompts, my main hobby is genealogy.  I collect dead people ;)  I also collect binders which are filled with family group sheets and documents.  And, I collect documents and old family photographs.  There isn’t really anyone in my family that is interested.  But, thanks to the internet, I’ve linked up with others who enjoy my passion and I’ve found cousins who are interested in our shared history.

So, you can see that I’m one of those people who can always find something to do (though, I do get bored at times).  I don’t know how I’d get through the day without my various hobbies.


Reaffirming that I am addicted

I’ve been working on the records for Achada, Nordeste (Azores) from the Azorean Aquivo website the last week or so.  On my PC, this is a painstakingly slow process.  The pages take 10-30 seconds to load.  Then, I must enlarge them so I can read the names in the corner (often abbreviated forms).  Then I must scroll through to look for “filho” or “filha” to find the parents.  It takes time and patience.

Recently, I got rid of Firefox, Chrome, and the default browsers on my tablet.  All three were battery hogs.  Opening one could use up 10% of my battery.  And, they were always running in the background eating up more of my resources.

I know use a smaller limited browser called Kronia for basic stuff and Puffin for more detailed website activities.  I found that the Arquivo website loads really nicely in Puffin.  I was surprised by this because many databases are clunky on my tablet.  Either they won’t load at all or screen are garbled.

The database is much quicker in Puffin, taking only 3-5 seconds to load a page.  And, how easy it is to navigate!  Since I can use my fingers to widen the page, I can see very quickly what the names are and find my place in a document for the pertinent information.  If I find something that looks interesting, I hold down my finger and a menu appears.  I click Share and it opens email.  I can then sent the whole document to myself to review on my PC and compare to my genealogy database.

Oh, how dangerous this is!  I am just like a junkie.  When I go to bed, instead of listening to my favorite podcasts, I go to the website and start reading records.  Because Achada is a small place, I can often get through 2-3 years of marriages in about 15 minutes.   This would probably take an hour or more on my PC.  This makes it easier to focus on one surname and pull all those people out.  Later, I can return and look for others if need be…and it won’t take much time at all.

So, if you see that glowing light in my bedroom window at 1 in the morning, you know it’s me getting my genealogy fix.