Northern Boys who Moved South to Marry Wealthy Plantation owners daughters

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I see in my family tree two cases of these northern boys well educated moving south to marry wealthy plantation owners daughters. I wonder if this was common to the Era such as with Shaler Hillyer (1776 - abt. 1820) a Connecticut born boy who moved to Georgia to marry Rebecca Freeman and Joseph Babcock III (1792 - 1850) a Massachusetts born boy who moved to Alabama to marry Ann Eliza Curtis 

As I was working on the Babcock profile it struck me how similar their lives were. The book for Hillyer is excellent to read about them

I have direct lineage to Hillyer and Babcock 

in The Tree House by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
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Is that a thing?  Or is it that these boys were also from wealthy families since they were well educated and met the young wealthy girls as a result of the families interests?  Curious to know.
by Rhonda Zimmerman G2G6 Pilot (188k points)
It’s very intriguing the dynamics of this Era as I’m a huge 19th century and Civil War buff. The parallel seems to show a pattern I wonder how many others have found this in their family trees? I know with the Hillyer boy he disagrees with his father about education and was sort of a rebel lol as the book states such a good read got to get the book again on loan
I've seen this in my own family, too.  Sometimes I write in my head that the Union soldier takes a fancy to a kind Southern belle met during the war (but this doesn't always work with the timeline).
I’m starting to think it was more common than we know lol

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