That could be. Quite a few Southern families did go West so it's certainly conceivable an unmarried sister or cousin was recruited has a nanny/ maid and then could find a better job and or boyfriend or husband.Maybe wrong but I don’t think many single women were migrating across country alone to marry immediately post-war. Maybe as children in family groups, then yes.
I haven't had any luck linking the article Deb, but I haven't given up yet. It was a study of how white southerners rallied against polygamy from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the twentieth century. It was not written because polygamy was a distinct possibility. I came across it when I was researching a similar thread on this topic.Is there a chance this article was written because it was a distinct possibility? I seriously don't get it, but if you link the article or further information, I'm sure it would be interesting.
Polygamy means the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especially wife, at one time. I just suggested the possibility of it happening of Southern women sharing a man because of the shortage of white men who died during the Civil War. Women desperate for companionship would probably resort to it; I don't know if it happened or not but it probably did happen.If you look at censuses during the period after the CW you will find many families with boarders which seemed to be a common way of doing things back then. I often imagine quite large homes to fit them all in, but sleeping arrangementments were different then,too.
BTW, I'm a bit lost on all this talk of polygamy. To me that means a woman being married to multiple men. If it happens it's usually the other way round in some organized fashion as part of a culture or religion. I have trouble imagining Southern women being married to multiple men, especially when pregnancy is a very likely outcome of their relationships. And then she would have the children to care for as well. This may be one of the strangest things I've ever come across here
I can't remember who suggested it, but it the most unlikely happening that I can possibly imagine. If a woman is sharing a man she is sharing him with another woman. That is polygamy. And in that circumstance it is the man who is the author of the relationships.I just suggested the possibility of it happening of Southern women sharing a man because of the shortage of white men who died during the Civil War. Women desperate for companionship would probably resort to it;
Ennis, Texas has a big Czech population and there is a place in town that sells those delicious Kolaches!Maybe not in the same volume but we sure talk a lot about the Irish and Germans in the war. I’m no expert but I guess the waves of southern and eastern European immigration came in the period you speak of.
German colonization of central Texas began in the 1840s and as you know the majority were Unionist. You may not know of the Czech colonies established here about the same time. Not as big an influence as the Germans but their Kolaches are much loved in this part of the country. The little town of West, TX, just north of Waco, has a well advertised gas/food business called the “Czech Stop” that sells these wonderful pastries. I always thought that pretty clever.