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Old 12-21-2009, 08:27 AM
 
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One nephew marrying the wife of his deceased uncle. I can only guess there was a significant age difference (Protestant branch)...

A few instances of surviving wife marrying sibling of deceased spouse (RC branch)... I'm guessing it's about maintaining property in family.

Multiple marriages on both sides by men. I'm guessing women dying from complications from childbirth.

And I STILL can't find a marriage certificate from my great-grandparents despite finding theirs from both from first marriages...
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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My great-grandparents were first cousins. My great grandfather's aunt had married her first cousin as well. Two of my great-great aunts married the same man (not at the same time, the first one died, then the second one married him when they were fairly old).
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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Not an inbreeding thing, but one couple has 13 children. 2 sons committed suicide. Both were single. One was 29 (1885-1914), the other 41 (1900-1941).
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:03 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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The primary meaning of weird, other than refering to the supernatural is "bizarre" and "fantastic," and these are unpleasant, negative ways of characterizing these family relationships.

Quite frankly, I found the original characterization itself weird - in the sense of bizarre.
I think we're all familiar with different senses of word meanings. Your point seemed to be you thought the OP was being negative by using this word. My point is the word isn't necessarily negative to everyone in a given sense. Maybe we can agree to disagree.

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--Multiple marriages on both sides by men. I'm guessing women dying from complications from childbirth.

And I STILL can't find a marriage certificate from my great-grandparents despite finding theirs from both from first marriages...
Or dying soon because they were so worn out, in part from having so many kids. Reminds me of a ggmother in our family who died of pneumonia and a bad heart before the days of antibiotics. She had about ten kids and was only in her 40s. I'm so glad modern women don't have to have child after child after child.....

Keeping looking for your ggp's MC. I just found one for my ggparents within this last year that I've been seeking for over a decade.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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In the 1910's, my great grandfather's wife died, soon after their 8th child died. He married his wife's sister, who had never married and had no children. When he died, he was buried next to his first wife. I wonder what the 2nd wife thought about that!

Oh! I almost forgot! This is from my husband's side of the family. His father is the only child of Dick and Jane. They get divorced. Jane marries Fred and has a couple kids. Jane dies. Fred marries Jane's niece and has a couple more kids. This was in the 1950's, too. So he has relatives he can call both aunt/uncle or cousin. Very confusing!
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:39 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Some men are buried with one wife on one side of them and another on the other side. Don't know where the 3rd wife is buried.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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On top?
Did I just write that?!?
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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With her 5th husband?
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:44 PM
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On top?
Did I just write that?!?
Yes, you did.

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With her 5th husband?
It's amazing what "serial monogamists" they were!
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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You do see some sad cases sometimes. I saw a family that had 11 children, and 5 lived into adulthood. They lost their first 3 daughters, all by age 4. The second and third daughters died within a week of each other. They lost 3 other children, all girls I think.

They had 4 daughters and 1 son surviving.
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