Monday, May 14, 2007

Faith of our Mothers

Of attachments, religious and otherwise

From 1761 through 1800 a third of all first births in New England occured after less than nine months of marriage, despite harsh laws on fornication. [see 9] .... Single women in New England during the colonial period were more likely to be sexually active than to belong to a church -- in 1776 only about one out of five New Englanders had a religious affiliation.
--Finke and Stark, The Churching of America
One presumes that even if the baby weighed in well the father was not surprized by the premature arrival.

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