Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

Sooner or later, it had to happen.

What had to happen, you say?

“Kissin’ cousins”, that’s what. Last night I discovered a couple of not-too-far-off ancestors who were first cousins…and married.

Seems the oldest daughter of John Joseph Turner married the 4th child of John Joseph Turner’s sister, Edna Lenora Turner Matthews. That would make them first cousins.

Sarah Belle Turner married James Arthur Matthews, Jr. James Arthur Matthews, Sr was the husband of Edna Lenora Turner.

Fortunately, James, Jr and Sarah had no children. I’m not trying to be cruel here, but just think of the genetics problems that could be unleashed into any offspring of such a union. In fact, Sarah died only 2-3 years into that marriage, of as yet unknown causes. Maybe in childbirth…

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