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Old 08-02-2010, 09:03 PM
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Marriage And Age - Youngest, Oldest & Difference In Age

I was watching Maude and Carol was dating the guy who would later go on to be Jackie's (on Roseanne) husband

There was an 11 year age difference and Maude, normally liberal was upset with predictable hillarious results. This was 1976 after all

So I thougth I'd ask this:

What is the YOUNGEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?

What is the OLDEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?

What is the biggest age difference between two people, you personally know, that got married?

The youngest person I know was in high school, both were 17, they got pregnant and the parents let them get married.

The oldest person I know was a man who was 65 years old.

The biggest age differnce I knew of was 9 years. My friend Jackie married a guy 9 years older.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:14 PM
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Youngest person I know who got married... a guy who dropped out of our high school early so he could work and get a GED. He married at 17. They're still married now. They're part of a charismatic evangelical church.

Oldest person I know who got married... I have some second cousins who remarried, after being widowed, in their fifties and sixties.

The biggest age difference I know was between one of my college roommates (23 at marriage) and her husband and *shudder* former high school history teacher, who was in his early forties. So about twenty years there.

There's an 8.5 year difference between my husband and I.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:18 PM
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What is the biggest age difference between two people, you personally know, that got married?

My grandparents are about 20 years apart. My grandma is my grandpa's second wife, so the weird thing is she's the same age as my Mom. They got married when my grandma and Mom were both about 19, shortly before I was born. They've been married a very long time, close to 30 years. We don't take age differences too seriously in this family.

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Old 08-02-2010, 09:24 PM
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My grandfather's step brother married his wife when he was 72 and she was 28. They have one son together.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:28 PM
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Hm, I'm having trouble thinking examples of youngest and oldest. Then again, quite often I don't know the bride's and groom's exact ages. I have an aunt who didn't get married until she was probably in her 50s.

I'm more tuned in to age spreads, because Mr. S is 11 years older than me. But we know a couple where the spread is about 20 years (she's in her 50s, he's in his 70s; second marriage for him, and I don't know about her).
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:29 PM
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Does "engaged to be married, had a religious wedding and in the planning of a legal one" count as "married"? If it does, there are 22 years between my (not-yet-legal) husband and I. He was in and out of Vietnam before I was born!

The age difference was a huge issue in our getting together, since it just didn't occur to me that he was "datable". Since we've been together, it hasn't been an issue at all, except as something we giggle about together. We know people must whisper and point and think we look bizarre walking down the street holding hands, since he's clearly old enough to be my father, but we just find it funny. Once a mattress salesman selling me (us) a new bed referred to him outright as "Dad", and I razzed him about it all afternoon.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:33 PM
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I'm may come back and answer the other questions later, but I will point out that the biggest difference* is an 18 year old that married a 30 year old--and nobody in rural northern Arkansas cares.

*Not in absolute ages, but percentage wise.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:35 PM
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Youngest: 18, and it wasn't due to pregnancy. It was a guy who was two years younger than his wife.

Oldest: In her late forties, I think. It was her third marriage.

Biggest gap: Probably 11 years difference. There's another one that I think is a bigger gap, but I'm not sure how big.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:43 PM
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My parents are over 26 years apart. My dad was drafted, served in the army for a couple of years, then went to college and graduated after four years. My mom was born a year later.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:19 AM
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My grandparents were married in 1924; my grandmother at the time was 14, and was my grandfather's second wife. He was a widower and 26.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:30 AM
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My parents had me when they were 17. They married a month before my delivery.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:55 AM
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The youngest: One of my mother's cousins (Mom's in her late 70s) who married at 12 and had her first child at 13.

The oldest: My great uncle, who married his second wife while in his mid-70s. They were married for almost 20 years before his death.

Biggest age gap: I'm not quite sure. One great aunt was married to a man old enough to be her father. Another married her son-in-law after her daughter was killed. My sister's first husband was 20 years older than she was.




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Old 08-03-2010, 03:00 AM
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I know a few girls who married much older guys - 15-20 yrs difference - a couple of them cheerfully admit it's linked to "daddy issues" but it seems to be working out for them.

My wife is six days older than me..
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:03 AM
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Youngest I personally know, the mother of my best boyfriend: shotgun wedding, bride 13yo, groom 14yo, sent to live with relatives in Miami after the wedding (they were from Costa Rica). My ex was born when his mother was 14, his brother when she was 15.

Oldest, a great-uncle: 55, bride 56, both considered confirmed unmarriable by their very-surprised relatives, lightning courtship.

Greatest age difference, 11 years and the bride was 19.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:54 AM
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I married the first time when I was 18. The marriage lasted about 12 years.
My second wife is 11 years my senior. We've been together 25 years.
My Mom remarried after my Dad died when she was 57.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:34 AM
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Paternal granny married her third husband (once divorced, once widowed), when she was 82 1/2 years old. The groom was a young lad of 80. They're still married, she's close to 87 and he's 85.

My cousin married at 17-18 to her first husband, who was the same age.

Although never married, maternal grandfather had a girlfriend who was in her 50s and 60s while he was in his 70s and 80s.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:15 AM
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I was watching Maude and Carol was dating the guy who would later go on to be Jackie's (on Roseanne) husband

There was an 11 year age difference and Maude, normally liberal was upset with predictable hillarious results. This was 1976 after all

So I thougth I'd ask this:

What is the YOUNGEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?

What is the OLDEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?

What is the biggest age difference between two people, you personally know, that got married?

The youngest person I know was in high school, both were 17, they got pregnant and the parents let them get married.

The oldest person I know was a man who was 65 years old.

The biggest age differnce I knew of was 9 years. My friend Jackie married a guy 9 years older.
I knew a 14 year old girl who got pregnant and got married.

I knew a guy who got married for the first time when he was 40.

My brother's wife is 10 years younger than him. I know of bigger age differences but IRL that is the biggest one I know of right now.

ETA-I got married for the 2nd time in my 40s after many years of single-hood, but I took it for granted you were asking about first marriages. Before my husband I dated a guy in his 20s who wanted to marry me but I just wasn't feeling it.

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Old 08-03-2010, 06:46 AM
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My father was 58 when he married my mother, 32. That is a 26-year old difference between the two of them. I was born the next year.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:51 AM
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My maternal grandmother and grandfather were 25 years apart. She was 17 when they married and he was 42.

I work in a college fundraising office and one of our alumni is married to a woman 42 years younger than he is. This was confirmed by a letter from the alum.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:53 AM
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My granddad was 75 when he remarried after my grandma passed away. I see that doesn't beat KarlGrenze's grandfather's record, though.

The question wasn't asked, but how about smallest difference in age? My ex-wife was born exactly two weeks after me.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:11 AM
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Oh, and youngest age at marriage: my dad's younger sister was 13 when she got married. She'd just finished 8th grade. She and her husband were married more than 40 years until he passed away. He was 5 or 6 years older than her.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:27 AM
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Not "married," since we're not allowed in this state . . . but I'm exactly 20 years older than my partner (same birthday).

And my grandmother married her 3rd husband in her late 70s.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:02 AM
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My grandfather's step brother married his wife when he was 72 and she was 28. They have one son together.
What's the story behind that? Was it his first marriage? Was he rich? Why would a 28 year old woman marry someone who is more than likely going to expire before 40, outside 45 years of age (and a 45 year old with a brittle old man whose viagra doesn't cut it anyore.)

Is he rich? She isn't related to Anna Nicole Smith is she?
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:27 AM
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A friend of the family got married when he and his wife were sixteen. No pregnancy, they just wanted to get married. Still together forty-some years later.

My great-aunt got married for the first time when she was in her fifties.

My sister-in-law is about fifteen years older than my brother. They have been married for thirty-nine years. I am about four years younger than the Lovely and Talented Mrs. Shodan. Apparently it runs in the family - my mom is about a month older than my dad.

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:59 AM
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Youngest 17, oldest 85? 86? (they met and married in an assisted living facility). Biggest age difference: several couples with a gap of 30-some years, including my grandfather and his third wife (yes, he was/is rich) and a family friend and her second husband (who is not rich, but was very handsome at 67 and an awesome person).

I'm not married, but might as well be IMO. My boyfriend is 17 years older than me and we got together when I was 19 (he's not rich). Sometimes people think this is shocking or weird, usually they take it in stride.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:09 AM
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My grandfather's step brother married his wife when he was 72 and she was 28. They have one son together.
What's the story behind that? Was it his first marriage? Was he rich? Why would a 28 year old woman marry someone who is more than likely going to expire before 40, outside 45 years of age (and a 45 year old with a brittle old man whose viagra doesn't cut it anyore.)

Is he rich? She isn't related to Anna Nicole Smith is she?
Humm - I don't think there's much of a story, really. They met at work, I think - he was the provincial psychiatrist and she was a psychiatric nurse. I suppose he was comfortable but I wouldn't say rich (I guess it depends how you define these things). He'd been married before and had grown children, it was her first marriage. She was not a mega-fox Anna Nicole Smith type at all - just a pretty regular, plain looking woman.

Honestly, I think they met at work, fell in love and got married. He lived to be 93 (he died when his youngest was about 20 I think). Sorry it's not more exciting.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:14 AM
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... I took it for granted you were asking about first marriages.
Nope I was asking about any marriage, legal one that is.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:19 AM
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After my mother passed away in 1971 and I was out of the house a year later, my dad started traveling. On one of his trips to Costa Rica, he met a woman with a young boy (she had been widowed a month before her son was born).

After a couple more trips down there to get acquainted, he brought her and her little boy up here and married her. There was 30 years difference in their ages and, in fact, she was a few months younger than her oldest step-son (my brother).

The marriage lasted until after my step-brother graduated from college and got married to his high school sweetheart. Within days of his marriage, my step-mother was on a plane back to Costa Rica - for good.

I really think she broke my dad's heart, although he would never admit it and never spoke a bad word about her. He even continued to help her out financially long past his legal obligations and divorce settlement were satisfied.

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Old 08-03-2010, 11:22 AM
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My grandma, who is my grandpa's second wife, was in her 50s when she got married for the first time (to my grandpa). Possibly even in her early 60s...I don't quite know her age. Grandpa was in his 60s.

They've been married 20+ years now. Still act like silly newlyweds. It's very sweet
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:07 PM
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What, ever? A girl I knew well dropped out of high school to marry a guy who proposed on the second date (as was his habit; just no one else had fallen for it). She was 17. She is now on her third, apparently permanent, marriage and has a cute little girl. Her whole extended family was crazy. I used to work with her mom at about this time and Mom-lady was clearly thrilled over the romance of the whole thing. I wasn't 18 yet when she asked me "Do you ever think you'll find someone and get married?" Because clearly I was getting kind of old, see, and I was probably worryingly academic what with going to college and all. Mom eventually left her (fairly sane) husband and became a fundamentalist.

I have two good friends who got married at 19, are just fine.

My husband's grandpa was one of those old iron men who never die; he remarried for the third time well into his 70's.

Age difference: I have several friends in couples where the wife is ~10 years older than the husband. It's practically a habit with my BILs. I know a woman who is 13 years older than her fiance (that one's all good), and there's the one I'm slightly worried about where she's ~36 and he's 23 and she has 5 kids, the oldest of whom is 13. I'm kind of wondering how the older kids are going to feel about that, esp. given that their dad only died about a year ago. Oh well I guess it will work out. Apparently the guy had to do a lot of talking to get her to agree, but they're engaged now.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:27 PM
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I was 16 years older than my late husband. When we married, I was 41 and he was 26. It was a first marriage for both of us, and was very happy.

I am currently 49, and am dating a guy who is 27.

What can I say? The young guys like me. It helps that I look much younger; I regularly get mistaken for being in my mid-30s.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:56 PM
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Youngest person I know that got married was me, at 19. I don't know any oldsters. I guess my parents did in their late 40's (not to each other, second marriages for both)
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:13 PM
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My parents are over 26 years apart. My dad was drafted, served in the army for a couple of years, then went to college and graduated after four years. My mom was born a year later.
Similar story with my maternal grandparents, my Grandfather was born in 1900 and fought in WW1. My Grandmother wasn't born until 1923.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:32 PM
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I knew two people in high school who got married at 17 or 18, right around graduation. I mean, they didn't marry each other, I knew two separate people... Neither case involved a pregnancy.

Oldest/largest age difference is wrapped into one: a few years back a family friend - I think he was 59 at the time - married a 24-year-old. They've since divorced.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:48 PM
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My father's parents married at the ages of 15 and 16, so she was the youngest person I knew (although not at the time, of course). That marriage didn't last.
I can't think of the oldest-age newlyweds I know of.
The largest gap I know if is about 20 years between bride and groom, not very unusual.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:55 PM
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When I was 16 and working my first job at a drive-through hamburger joint (making something like $1.25 an hour!), I had a co-worker, my age, who had been married since she was 14. She was pregnant and had to get some kind of special parental permission to get married.

They had a little boy and at the time we worked together, she was the sole bread winner (at $1.25 an hour!) because her husband couldn't hold a job. They had a one or two room basement apartment that cost, if I remember correctly, around $45.00 a month (maybe $35.00). She was a very good mom and very responsible.

Her husband eventually got his shit together, more or less, and got a job. They had another baby and she got her GED.

I lost touch with her for a while but then caught up with her several years later. She had had another baby but by that time the marriage was pretty rocky and the last I heard, she was divorcing him.

But, yeah, she would be the youngest that I know.

I was 19 (almost 20) the first time and 32 (I think) the second (and last!) time.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:09 PM
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A girl I went to school with got married at 13; she lied about being pregnant so her boyfriend would marry her, and then she actually got pregnant. (Then they got divorced, she remarried, had another baby, and had 2 kids and 2 divorces by the time she was 16.)

My great-aunt married at 93, to a man who was 95. They had 6 happy years of marriage, and then both died within a month or so of each other.

I know a few different couples with a 20+ year age difference.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:31 PM
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The first time my aunt got married, she was 22-ish and her husband was 25 years older. (He was actually the ex-husband of one of her high school teachers.)

The second time she got married, it was to a man 10 years older than her. The man was 60 and had never been married before.
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:26 AM
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What is the YOUNGEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?
A woman I know married at 17 because she was pregnant.

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What is the OLDEST age of a person, you personally know, who got married?
A man in my neighbourhood was 51 when he married. That's the oldest that I personally know of.

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What is the biggest age difference between two people, you personally know, that got married?
One of my grandmother's friends was 9 years younger than her husband.

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:04 PM
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A friend of mine from high school had parents that married very young. She was 17, the husband 15, got married early due to pregnancy, but somehow things worked out for them. He worked 3 jobs, joined the military at 18, got a master's degree, started a successful company in his 20s, and they're now very comfortable, with three grown children and two grandchildren by the time they were 40!

For the oldest groom, as well as the biggest age gap I can think of - not someone I knew personally of course, but I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Julio Iglesias' dad - also named Julio Iglesias - who married a woman in her late 30s when he was in his late 80s - probably a 50+ year age gap there. They had two children, the second one being born 7 months after he died at age 90. So the famous singer, Julio Iglesias Jr, has two half-siblings that are 60+ years younger than himself. Pretty unbelievable!

A girl that I went to college with had had a baby at age 14 (although she didn't get married). She was just finishing her degree at age 29 when her 14 year old daughter announced that she was pregnant! Poor Cindy was a grandmother before she turned 30!
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:28 PM
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My grandmother was 18 when she married her first husband, who was 67. They were married about five years (and had three children) before he died.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:40 PM
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Youngest--high school sweet hears who got married at 16, divorced by 19. The discovered that they had changed so much in three years that they were not the same people. But it wasn't at all acrimonious or bitter; they went on to better things.

Oldest--can't think of any past age of 50...

About 25 to 30 years ago, our church membership included parents of a son in his late 20's who got engaged and married a lady in her mid-80's. They 1st met when she needed a handyman to work on her house. They hit it off. It got a bit of local press at that time; the county newspaper interviewed the groom wondering out loud if this was about the money or property, but he'd claimed he had signed a premarital agreement that would leave him nothing when she died. About the only assets she had was a small house and Social Security. She made it pretty clear that she was quite taken by him. The marriage lasted till she died a few years later, and he moved on.

People who knew them told me that the affection seemed genuine between them. I saw a college friend one morning after a service and mentioned about the couple in passing to her. She then told me that she'd seem them in church a while ago (that's when I found out the parents of the groom went to our church). She was also offended by there presence there. "Was it because of their age difference?" I asked. "No, because they acted inappropriately during service!" she replied, "The wife kept pawing at her husband during the service and he didn't seem to mind at all!" I was a loss for words, but then I was laughing so hard that I started coughing.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:52 PM
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My husband's auntie was 72 when she married for the first time. The bridegroom was 83. They had 12 lovely years together before he died just last year. Very sweet.

My asshole ex-husband married his secretary who is 19 years younger then him.

And I vaguely remember going to a friend's wedding just out of high school so she must have been barely 18.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:07 PM
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The largest age gap is my parents, who are 15 years apart. It's never really been an issue, but because my Nana was fairly young when she had my mother (19) it means that my grandmother and father are only four years apart.

The youngest marriage is probably that Nana who married my grandfather when they were both about 19 - no prizes for guessing the circumstances, but their marriage was successful and lasted until my grandfather died in his late fifties.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:32 PM
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My grandfather's uncle (so is that my great-great uncle?) married when he was well into his late eighties, to a woman of a similar age. She had been married before, he was a lifelong bachelor. The wedding was very sweet and they had a happy life together for about five years before she died. Her family were horrible about him though, they thought he was after her house and money which was totally not the case. He didn't want to "live in sin" so felt he needed to be married to move in with her, that was all.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:29 PM
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I know of (though don't personally know) a couple who got married when both were 16 (the girl was pregnant). That was 6 or 7 years ago, I have no idea if they're still together.

The oldest I know of was a guy that got married at 95 to a woman in her late 70s. This was 2 or 3 years ago. Last I heard she was having trouble because she's Canadian and hasn't been able to immigrate to the US, so they don't live together.

Biggest age difference I know of is a kid that I went to high school with (he's 2 years younger than me). Shortly after graduating, he married his best friend's mom, who was in her mid-50s at the time. That was around 5 years ago, as far as I know they're still (happily) together. So age difference there of approximately 37 years.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:30 PM
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Youngest: my cousin, not quite 18, married and pregnant when we graduated high school. We graduated the same year.
Oldest: me, married at the ripe old age of 33. (Yes, that is old for my family.)

I would count my mother and her second marriage, but considering she forgot one small detail, it doesn't count. The detail: divorcing my dad. Yeah.

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Old 08-29-2010, 08:09 PM
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I was 16 years older than my late husband. When we married, I was 41 and he was 26. It was a first marriage for both of us, and was very happy.

I am currently 49, and am dating a guy who is 27.

What can I say? The young guys like me. It helps that I look much younger; I regularly get mistaken for being in my mid-30s.
Hi Brynda! Glad to hear you've found someone!
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I am 36 almost 37. I went on a date today with a man I guessed was about 45-50 years old. When he told me he was 66, I about fell off my chair. I like this man a lot. This would be his third marriage and my second marriage. He has five kids and I have four kids. Financially, he is ok but not rich. We just connect and he looks awesome for being 66. I am definetly attracked to him. I don't know if I should date him, more seriously, or not. If we were to marry this is a whopping 30 year age difference. This would make me the biggest age difference couple that I know.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:46 AM
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My parents married at 19 (dad turned 19 two days after wedding, mom a month later) Counselor was about 33. Can't think of a May/December couple.
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