Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
American Child BrideA History of Minors and Marriage in the United States$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Nicholas L. Syrett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629537

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 17 October 2019

Wholly Unfit for the Marriage Condition

Wholly Unfit for the Marriage Condition

Parton v. Hervey and Struggles over Age of Consent Laws

Chapter:
(p.77) Three Wholly Unfit for the Marriage Condition
Source:
American Child Bride
Author(s):

Nicholas L. Syrett

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.003.0004

This chapter revisits the laws documented in the first chapter and demonstrates that even though they prohibited marriage below certain ages, many children continued to marry, often extralegally. When parents objected to these marriages, as in the case of Susan Hervey to the marriage of her daughter Sarah to Thomas Parton, they may have done so not because their children were too young for marriage (reflecting the growth of age consciousness), but because such a marriage would deprive parents of the labor of their children. When judges decided the cases brought by aggrieved parents, they almost always upheld the marriages so as not to create single, non-virginal girls, some of whom might be pregnant. They also wanted to hold men to the promises they had made to the state regarding the permanence of marriage.

Keywords:   Age of consent, Parton v. Hervey, Susan Hervey, Sarah Parton, Thomas Parton, Age consciousness, Child labor, Pregnancy, Marriage law

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .