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Cousin marriage was legal in all states before the Civil War
The question was asked recently about the census question, #14 in the 1860 Census
Was the person deaf and dumb, blind, idiotic, pauper, or convict?
The government had received a report by anthropology professor Martin Ottenheimer from Kansas stating that the main purposes of marriage prohibitions were maintaining the social order of upholding religious morality and safeguarding the creation of fit offspring.
Prior evidence from 1758 writer Noah Webster (1758-1843), ministers Phillip Milledole (1775-1852) and Joshua McIlvaine helped lay the ground work for such viewpoints well before 1860.
By the 1870s Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was writing about the advantages of marriages between unrelated persons.
All cited reasons why children of sisters and brothers should marry. It hadn't dawned on them yet that the problem of genetic deficiencies between a widower and his wife's sister was just as bad of a problem if they both had the same parents or one of each person's parents were siblings.
By 1880, 13 states had issued prohibitions on cousin marriages.
An interesting exchange of dialog happened when I put my family tree online and had the opportunity to write with a cousin from Oklahoma.
My grandfather and her Grandmother were siblings. One of their siblings had married a cousin and the doctors told them they should not have children.
Her reply to me was, "Oh, no - The Doctor did say they couldn't have children, but they showed him - they had 10 children, but everyone of them were a little touched or off a little and never lived very long. No one ever knew why."
I laughed and wrote back, "Oh - you misunderstood. The story on my side is that the Doctor did indeed say they SHOULDN'T have children not that they couldn't. The genetic pool was just too close and that caused problems in all the kids. They just didn't know much about genetics back in 1890."
Her reply, "Well now....that does make sense now."
Going back in your genealogy, you may find loops where siblings married other people and their children married.
John Smith II 50% chance of deformity, deaf, blind, mental challenges
There are new theories being formed that possibly may suggest a throwback link genetically to cousin marriages all the way to the 1800s as a possible theory for autism.
More information can be read on this theory at the above links and it is this author's opinion that there are many theories for which autism can be blamed and this is again just another interesting theory. Just know that if this theory is a viable one, you should take no blame upon yourself. It's just something that happened because they didn't know any better back then.
Today is my birthday. I almost got all my goals completed. I've now lost 75 pounds since I lived in Newbury Park in 2008 and 6 of my 7 novels (that I wrote in 1988-1990) are up on Https://www.Amazon.com/-/e/B07613P16Y(Karen Meyer's Author Page) . I got all the videos for the book trailers completed and up on youtube.com (also links are at the bottom here) - I think Private Eye Sloan or the Ocean Adventure are my favorites but it's a toss up - The one being uploaded to Amazon next week called Finding Mormon Treasure may be a close 3rd. I am happier than I have ever been in my life because I heard from my two inactive kids (of 5) and it was very positive. The Lord is shining on this day and I'm so grateful for every breath. I think I'll go to the Temple today and meet my husband - could life get any better?
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What one occupation is in one culture, it is completely different in another Culture and Time
When researching your family ties, you run across Census sheets. These tell you where the person lived, with whom, how long they were married, the present status of marriage, the children's names and as their occupation, it lists student or whatever job they held.
My Grandfather used to deliver for a Drug Store. That's pretty easy to understand because in America, we know what occupations we have. Now, what if your ancestor is from "across the pond" in jolly ole' London? Do you know what his occupation on another census from another century might be?
Now with this link, these people have gone throuh the amazing effort to categorize every occupation and its' definition for you to ponder. What can you do with it? Nothing. Merely marvel at what they did and how they endured it. Thank you to A Walk Through the Lens for putting this together.