Non-Conformists/Dissenters and Marriage in the 18th and Early 19th Century

Before carrying on with the Reeve and Houston families, here's a quick and simplistic detour into English marriage law, with a plan to elaborate on the legal stuff and non-conformists later. As noted in the prior posts, the Reeve family seem to have been longtime Non-Conformists, or Christians who were not part of the Church … Continue reading Non-Conformists/Dissenters and Marriage in the 18th and Early 19th Century

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Immigration Law in the 1880s, ’90s, and Before

A consideration of the laws in place surrounding immigration and naturalization at the time the Westerlins came to the US requires a quick historical overview. Obviously, there were a variety of social and political responses to immigration, or particular types of immigration, to America at various times, dating back to before the US existed (and … Continue reading Immigration Law in the 1880s, ’90s, and Before