Odd Relationships (at least to me)
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I also have a relative who died in WW1 leaving a widow. His widow ended up marrying his twin brother a few years later.
Does anyone else have odd family relations in their trees?
And it seems like a common practice that when the wife dies, the husband marries one of her sisters. This reminds me of some biblical story but I can't remember which one right now.
I do wonder what society thought of these things in the 19th century.
In the UK, the (English) Marriage Act of 1835 hardened this law into an absolute prohibition, in Scotland the Marriage Act of 1567 had had the same effect. In spite of significant agitation and quite a few blind eyes being turned it wasn't until the "Deceased Wife's Sister Marriage Act" of 1907 and the "Deceased Husband's Brother Marriage Act " of 1921 that the law was changed again. The "Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Relationship Act" (1931) finally allowed marriage with neices and nephews.
BobH: Do you mean Aunt/Nephew and Uncle/Niece, or between nieces and nephews that are cousins?
But today I was looking at my email and had a bunch of DNA emails, from actual people, not NatGeo.
The original email is from a guy who is making of map of the location of all the people he's been linked to through DNA even if it were 1300 -1500 years ago or more. He wants to present the map to his siblings at his family reunion (2009). So he is requesting that his "relatives" tell him in what city/state or part of the world they are currently located. That's is all he's asked for but some people are offering information about their families. He seems to have sent the email to at least 100 people. He should get some interesting responses.
So far here are some of the people I am related to:
One woman wrote, “My ancestry on her side of the family is from Finland, she came to the Duluth MN.area when she was young. Married my grandfather (Who was also from Finland) and they lived in the Esko, MN. area. I am researching her background through the Finnish Genealogy Club in Cloquet. MN. She died right after the 1918 fire that destroyed the area around Cloquet, Esko, and part of Duluth.”
One woman is from Abiquiu, New Mexico via Missouri and Kansas.
One from McLean, VA. “My great grandmother (as far back as I know) was from Enfield, NC.”
One in Charleston, West Virginia. “My maternal great-grandmother was from Grayson County, Virginia.”
One lives in Bolivar, Missouri. "I have traced my maternal line back to Halifax/Surry County, Virginia in the 1600’s."
I replied, I'm in Huntsville, Al, born and raised in Chattanooga, Tn. My great great grandmother was born in Ireland and came to America where she married a Native American orphan who was adopted by a Welsh family named Davis. Her daughter, my great grandmother married a Chinese man and all their children married Black people.
One woman wrote, “I am responding on behalf of my husband, Doug J. (from Canton, Michigan). Doug was adopted at birth (1971) and knows nothing of his biological family. I signed him up for DNA testing as a way to find out something about his ancestry. I’m sure he would love to see your graphic if you’re willing to share.”
Amazing, I'm related (albeit in a small way) to all these people.
Below is a link to NatGeo genographic site
Edited to add: Presumably you know the name of the other member with whom you share an ancestor but have no idea who the ancestor was. I can't help feeling that there could be thousands of people descended from a person living in say 700 AD. Apologise if that sounds a bit negative as I still find your experience intriguing and I'm sure we're going to learn a lot more in the future as the science develops. Good luck with your future research along these lines.
1) (more recent from the 70's!) on Jan 1 my dads brother got married......then on April 1 my moms sister got married, then on June 3 my parents married.....here is where it gets weird.....my dads brother married my moms sisters husbands sister.........(the Jan 1 couple are Dane and Lyn, Dane being my dads brother, the April 1 couple are Bill and Sheri, Bill and Lyn are brother and sister, my parents are Jerry and Georgi and Sheri and Georgi are sisters!) Life is so much fun!
2) My gg grandfathers brother married his neice
3) I have two first cousins that are my gg grandparents (they arent MY first cousins, but first cousins to eachother!)
4) my ex husbands dad married his ex wifes sister, making my ex husbands half brother his cousin too!
BTW - Just in case anyone's now thinking of marrying their first cousin - don't forget that in the days we are talking about here, if a child was born with serious deformities or congenital health problems, it probably wouldn't have survived anyway. In an age where infant death was already common, it's unlikely the connection would have been made between the illness and the consanguinity of the parents. In many ways, the remarriage of husband to sister-in-law etc probably made some sense as it would have been more likely to involve some familial affection for the children involved.