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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Wider Kin Connections

Wider Kin Connections

(p.118) Chapter Eight Wider Kin Connections
A Little Commonwealth

John Demos

Oxford University Press

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

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