Chapter

Wider Kin Connections

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0009
Wider Kin Connections

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This chapter examines extended family, or wider-kin, connections in Plymouth Colony. Though Plymouth households were basically nuclear in structure, the sources from the period show a considerable degree of interconnection among kin. These include the matter of physical contiguity, particularly the possibility that neighbors in the Old Colony Towns were often related as parents and children, or as siblings or cousins.

Keywords: kin relationships; Plymouth Colony; nuclear households; physical contiguity; extended family

Chapter.  2544 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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