Comment on The Hicksville, Ohio Amish community by Erik/Amish America.
Wanda good question, with a lot of these smaller one-district Amish settlements the young people almost have to visit and learn to know young folks in other communities. First cousin marriages have happened but not encouraged. However it’s not unusual for a married couple to be more distantly related. And moving away when you get married is a reality.
Even if you marry someone in the same community, if it’s a large settlement it can still mean not seeing your biological family so much anymore. For instance the wife of a friend in Lancaster is from about 15 miles away, which you can imagine cuts down on visits–it’s a long buggy ride or an expensive Amish taxi. It can theoretically be a lot further than that even within one community in places like Lancaster and Holmes County OH.
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