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From: Jdouma <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Junior
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:00:56 -0400
References: <001301c35a85$d78c4430$6501a8c0@VAIO> <001501c35aa5$42a10b60$210110ac@DICK>

>2. Are there "other disjoints"? Yes. Principal among them are terms for
>relationships. The woods are full of folks who believe that one Nicholas
>Null of Augusta County, Virginia, about 1750 married the sister of Valentine
>Pence. Null is called "brother-in-law" to Valentine Pence in one record ans
>since Valentine's wife was not a Null, the assumption made is that Null
>married a Pence woman. However, the term "brother-in-law" was used to
>describe any number of possible relationships - the two had children who
>married, for example (and there are other possibilities).
>The term nephew sometimes was used to mean niece. Worse, niece and nephew
>were used interchangable with grandson and granddaughter.

I have an affidavit from a man (I think it is Rev War pension file - to
place it in time) who refers to his mother-in-law. This is not his
wife's mother, it is the wife of his father - his mother IN LAW but not

Jane Douma Pearson
Genealogist, lecturer, family archivist

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