Friday, July 15, 2005

A Lesson in Consanguinity

Seen in the Windham (Ct.) Herald of Mar. 20, 1800:

From the Trenton (N. Jersey,) Federalist.

Married, at Middletown, (Monmouth) on the 5th ult. Thomas Tilton, in the 76th year of his age, to Mary Lucar in her 13th year. She is the daughter's daughter of Thomas Tilton's former wife; so that this husband and wife were at least half grand father and half grand daughter.

—At the same place, a few weeks since, John Lucar, the brother of the above-mentioned bride, to his half-aunt, Catharine Clinton, widow, and daughter of Thomas Tilton, the above named brides groom.

Query If both the above pairs should be blessed with legitimate issue (if their issue can be legitimate) how would genealogical readers rank them in the degrees of affinity, so that the term might clearly express their nearness of kin?
Let's see. . . If Thomas and Mary had a son, he would also be Thomas' step-great-grandson, and both the half-brother and nephew (by marriage) of his daughter Catharine. If John and Catharine had a daughter, she would be the granddaughter and (by marriage) the niece of Thomas. Thus, the boy would be both the half-uncle (through Catharine) and the first-cousin (through John) of the girl. If they were to marry (God forbid) and have a child, it would be its own second-cousin.

I think.

For more, see I'm My Own Grandpaw and An Argument for Inbreeding?

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