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Ancestors who were cousins.

benny1982

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I am sure many have come across a ancestor or two who wed their first cousin or second cousin? In 1811 my ancestor Allen Taylor born 1790 wed Ann Stock born 1792. They were cousins. Allen's mother Mary Stock was the sister of William Stock. Keep it in the family. :D
 

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Yes, plenty of cousins marrying. All sorts of close, and not so close cousins.:eek::biggrin:

Luckily some went outside their area for 'new blood' to marry. Mostly the cousins married to keep the money and property in the family.

But, like they say, you can't choose who you love, you just do.:)

I suppose that's why my Gt.Gt Grandfather ended up with no money, he must have married for love. :kissu:

Ahhhh, got a tear in my eye.:':)2fun:


Steve.:)
 

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Just been tinkering with my tree, and here's some cousins who married.

My 1st Cousin, Sarah Ives(1786,Wendover), 5x removed, married my 4th cousin 4x removed, John Ives(1797, Gt.Missenden). 1823 @ Hughenden, Bucks.

They never had any children.;)

Their common ancestor was John Ives c1645, and mother, Elizabeth Arnold.


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In 1898 my granddad's sister married their cousin, the son of their mother's sister. Nobody tried to hide the fact that they were cousins. They had one daughter and as far as I know there were no problems.

In the UK it has always been legal to marry a first cousin but in over 30 states of the USA it has been banned since 2010.

Another interesting relationship is a dead wife's sister. it was illegal for a man to marry his dead wife's sister till 1907 but it often happened, who better to bring up the children? My husband's 3xggfather was married to two sisters, one for eighteen years and the other for 19. He died in 1888 and is buried with both of them, and with another of their sisters for good measure!

Elaine
 

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That's normal for Norfolk isn't it Benny?? :biggrin:

Yes have many cousins marrying cousins, it was also normal for brothers in a village marrying sisters. For example my g g grandmother's sisters Mary and Louisa Rawlings married brothers Matthew and Henry James Amor.

When Louisa died at the age of twenty eight Henry remarried, Louisa's older sister Sarah, this was in Wiltshire on my mother's side.

I am descended from Amor's on my father's side but from West Ham, strange because Amor is not a common name but I have it twice.
I keep finding the same surnames repeating themselves in different parts of the country on both sides.
If the names were Smith and Jones I would not batter an eyelid, but they not the most common names in the country :eek:

I did a DNA test, but my parents are not related.

Amanda
 

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I am from Norfolk

In a little village in Norfolk my 2nd great grandfather married his cousin.

People just didn't move out of the village or street in those days.

I let him off tho. As his mum and first wife both died in labour
 

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