Sarah watched Jacob through her window as he unhitched his horse from the buggy and led him into the barn. He paused, then he asked, “How many children do they have now? I’ve been told that bed courtship originated in Europe when our ancestors were being persecuted and practiced “bundling.” A young couple would hide from the authorities in an upstairs bedroom, where it was often quite cold.
She lit the oil lamp on the nightstand and put on her light blue nightdress. ” “They just had their fourth.” Jacob sat on the chair by the window to take off his shoes. Henry’s teeth had gotten in the way, and John had grabbed at her night dress, trying to open her buttons. They would get under the covers in a bed that had a board down the middle to separate them.
She was still too new out of the community, to understand how comical that sounded.
That this would be more threatening than getting drunk on the regular basis, was surprising.
Okay, Annnie M, I am ready to tackle your question about “traditional courtship” among the Amish.
They were given separate blankets by the girl's parents and expected to talk to one another through the night. 1846), for example, initially argued before Judge Edmunds in the Orange Circuit Court of New York, concerned the seduction of a 19-year-old woman; testimony in the case established that bundling was a common practice in certain rural social circles at the time.
Occasionally a bundling board or bundling sack was placed between the boy and girl to discourage sexual conduct. By the 20th century, bundling seems to have disappeared almost everywhere, with only isolated mentions of the practice amongst the Amish in Ohio and Pennsylvania.