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Finding a beaux in the Early Days of Alabama was sometimes difficult

Finding a beaux Early Days of Alabama was sometimes difficult

(Lawrence County, Alabama)


Col. Edmond Saunders

written ca. 1890s

So you see, when the country was first settled that we had the charm of novelty in everything; new land, a new literature and new girls. Hence the attacks of love (like the fevers) were inflammatory.

Did not see each other until grown

They are apt to be so, when the parties have never seen each other until grown up. It is unfavorable to the grand passion, for boys and girls to grow up together. especially in the same school. Attachments thus contracted may be very sincere, and if the parties marry, they may pull very steadily under the marriage yoke, but the feeling entertained for each other will be a sort of a Pelagian love, the beginning of which it would be impossible to specify.

A Receipt for Courtship 1805 London: published by Laurie & Whittle, 1805.(Library of Congress)

But in old times, when a young man saw, for the first time, the girl just budding into angelhood, the shock was absolutely electric. No past recollection of her as a school girl, with imperfect features, chewing slate pencils and gum, with disheveled hair and disordered dress, eclipsed the bright image imprinted ‘on his imagination.

Girls were often left behind to be educated

In those days a large number of enterprising young men came to the country, while many of the girls were left behind to be educated, hence the former greatly preponderated in numbers. It was no uncommon thing for a young lady to marshal in her train a half dozen gallants at the same time.

Girls! you would have been sorry for your grandmothers could you have witnessed the heavy work in this line which they had to perform; so many beaux to be entertained at once, and their favors to be distributed so impartially, that no offense should be given to anyone.

This was a great wear on the vital energies, and you would have been truly sorry for them! The burden was too heavy, and they generally, from sixteen years of age, had to succumb, and to select someone of their persecutors as partner, and take their revenge by persecuting him the rest of his life!

Excerpt from Early Settlers Of Alabama: With Notes And Genealogies (Volume 1)

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Is that when men started mating children

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