- Dec 3, 2000
Yes, she was a bit older than the norm for marriage and childbirth (as discussed above). Merchant officers did tend to marry a bit later, though - Ellen Whitehouse was approaching 30 when she married Harold Lowe, for example. Officers established themselves in their career first, then thought of marriage (with exceptions such as Wilde outlined above). Often they might choose a wife considerably younger than themselves, but I've come across many cases when they chose to marry someone closer to their own age.