There are lots of reasons young people lived apart from their family in those days.
# 1 was being a "hired girl".My wife grew up poor in the Ark Ozarks. About 1944, she would go to Oklahoma City each summer and hire out as a junior "nanny" for military familes at an air base there. Otherwise, she had no money to but lunch, shoes and clothes for the next year's school.
When I married her when she was age twenty, she was an excellent cook, house-cleaner, laundress, etc. as she did all those things at age 12-13.
My Virginia mother worked as a "nurse" (she called it) for neighbors when babies came in ca 1910. She was a young teen-ager then.
If that was true in the 1900s, how much so in 1850.
If Elijah lived near by the Pattersons, I would say that made it MORE likely Evaline was Elijah's daughter.
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