This article was one of two I wrote from my MA thesis. Originally, I wrote it for an eye opening class on historical methods and processed two centuries of data (at decadal intervals) for two towns. This final form tackles just one year in one town. I learned the hard way that narrow scopes make for feasible targets. I enjoyed writing this piece. Not least because it served as the proof of a method. My professor in epistemology had introduced me to Larua Belcher’s manual Writing your journal article in twelve weeks. I enjoyed the book immensely and scheduled my own 12-week journey (it took double that). She said to pick an article you love and to adopt its structure. I picked S. De Veirman, H. Haage, and L. Vikstrom’s (2016) Deaf and and unwanted?: Marriage characteristics of deaf people in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Belgium, which made me care about their qualitative cases while they quantitatively built up the world around those cases. I mapped the essay on my shower’s glass door. Over a number of baths, I wrestled my thesis into that shape. And I still write about San Pablo today, but on the seventeenth century now. It would be nice to live there some day in a hut beside a lake.

Title: Did municipal elites intermarry? A case study of marriage practices among the political elites of San Pablo, Laguna, 1853–1854

Abstract: This article provides a quantitative counterpoint to the existing historiography’s qualitative consensus that colonial-era municipal elites were endogamous in terms of status by presenting a case study based on 402 marriage outcomes from the parish register of one community, during one twelve-month period, along the political dimension of status. It finds that from 1 August 1853 to 31 July 1854, political elite status in San Pablo, Laguna, was positively but moderately correlated with marriage outside the status group. This practice was likely aided by the limited catchment area from which these political elites found partners and the group’s numeric scarcity within that space.