In researching my family, I found that my paternal grandmother immigrated with her husband of 1 yr from Łopienno to the US in 1891. She lived with him less than a year and then moved in with a man (my paternal grandfather) and had 4 children. 8 yrs after she left her husband, he found her and demanded a legal divorce.
At first I thought that since she was only 17 when she married, the marriage was a childhood mistake, but I recently met with a man who said my grandmother may have been what he called a “set up” bride. He said his own grandmother was set up and in her case her parents were paid to marry her to a man she never met until the wedding. Her poor family got the money and she got to the US. His grandmom and husband stayed together unlike my grandmomther’s marriage. My oldest aunt had an arranged marriage in the US so I understand that, but i never heard of the set up and money exchange. Do you have any articles or information on this?