Essay on The Age Of An Individual Schwartz Family

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Graph A. depicts the average size of an individual Schwartz family according to the number of children per couple. There is a noticeable explosion in this size from 1664 to 1718-45 as well as a serious decline leading into the nineteenth century. Nearly all of the Schwartz men are labeled as fishermen or peasant farmers, so their relatively large family sizes make economical sense in that many children were needed in order to help make ends meet. Another explanation for the large family size is the high rates of infant mortality (see Graph G.), since many children would be hard pressed to survive to their fifth birthday, much less marry.
Indeed, the commonalty of the names Tobias, Johannes, and Josephus for men and Anna Maria and Catharina for women reveal the piety and respect for tradition from the Schwartz family: every name pertains to either an ancestor or has a biblical background. This claim is also supported by the on almost non-existent pre-nuptial birth rates on graph B. The couples’ adherence to Church teaching to remain abstinent before marriage is evident when one considers the findings: the highest rates being in the 1664-91 period, the tail end of the Protestant Reformation in Europe which had a particular strong effect on the German states.
The C. graph stacks the male to female ratio of each Schwartz member for whom I found documentation. Again, the 1718-45 period demonstrates a population boom for Rust. There appears to be correlation between an almost…

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