Was Elizabeth Alger first married to William Harris at the age of 14 as the records show?

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Elizabeth shows as being born in 1658.  She is recorded as having had three husbands - the first of which is stated to be William Harris (married in July of 1672).  This would make Elizabeth's age at the time of her first marriage to be 14 years old.  Is this really true?
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Hi Dan,

At that time girls usually got married being 14-18 y/o and boys 17-21. I remember I saw the marriage information of a 13 y/o girl. Latter I finded her DOB on her christening record: She was still 12 at the date of the marriage.
Thank you for your very timely response.  I probably should adjust my mental parameters for this time period.

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Name: Elizabeth Alger
Residence Place: Lyme
Death Date: Jul 1729
Death Place: Lyme, Connecticut, USA
Spouse: William Haris
[William Harris] 

 

Source Information

White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital RecordsVol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.

answered by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

But why was she Alger if she was married to Harris?

This Alger was married to Alger

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Innis-12

But this is her again with different parents

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brockway-38

 

Apparently it means former spouse William Harris.

https://familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/13996696

 

 

Roger's will mentions 6 sons, and we don't have a mother.  Clearly not Harris's widow.

Ancestry thinks Innes was the mother, and Brockway was the 2nd wife.  In which case it was presumably Brockway who'd previously been married to Harris.  Which doesn't help at all with dates.

https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/roger-alger_4428552

 

Roger jr's profile says his mother was called Johanna, in the bio.  So who she?

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