United States Legal Ages

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• To be an apprentice: Age 14 for males, 12 for females.
• To make contracts: Age 14 for males, 12 for females.
• To be the executor of a will: Age 14 for males, 12 for females.
• To perform jury duty: Age 21.
• To be a land owner: Age 16.
• Legal age for marriage: Parental consent generally required until 21 (males), and 18 (females)
• To serve in the militia, age 16.
• Age for naturalization: Age 21.
• Age to be a taxpayer: Age 16 or 21, depending on the state and time period.
• Age to vote: Age 18.
• Age to make a will: Age 14 for males, 12 for females (different, however, for CT, MA, VA, VT).
• Age to witness a document's signing: Age 14 for males, 12 for females.


SOURCES:
Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds., The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006) p. 275.