Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out today’s history fact for a look at love in the 1700s.
History Fact #10: Love in the 18th Century
Many adventurous and unattached Amish young men set out to seek their fortune in the New World. After carving out a homestead in the wilderness, their thoughts would inevitably turn to finding a partner.
But wanting love and finding love isn’t easy now, and it wasn’t easy in the 18th century.
Those with daughters of suitable ages were often too closely related to furnish partners for the single men in the community. No doubt, these longing-for-love bachelors eagerly awaited each new ship arrival to see what it might provide in the way of partner material.
And there were shipboard romances, as well. Teenager Michael Troyer met a young orphan, Magdalena Mast, who was being escorted to America by her uncle Johannes Mast on the Ship Brotherhood in 1750. They fell in love and were married two years later. They had fourteen children. Magdalena outlived Michael by twenty years and lived to her mid-nineties. A hardy pioneer soul!
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Source: Unser Leit, The Story of the Amish