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From: Dorri Roughley <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Incest in my family tree - BEHRENS & HILL
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 09:43:06 +0000
I have, but in England, my 2x gt Aunt, Annie Matthews married her Uncle Alfred (Matthews) in 1886. She was very pregnant at the time. We all thought they just pretended to be married, but I have found the marriage. My mother remembers her great Aunt, who was a frequent visitor to her father's house throughout her childhood, however Annie was excluded from family gatherings where non Matthews family members would be present. Probably the biggest scandal in my tree (so far).
Pregnant brides in England seem to be very common in the 1800s, but I get the impression that to actually have a child out of wedlock was deemed to be a greater sin than an incestuous marriage.
It was also against the law to marry your late spouses brother or sister, but I have loads of examples of this being broken in the Uk and SA.
> Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:05:45 +0200
> Subject: [ZA-EC] Incest in my family tree - BEHRENS & HILL
> Anybody have a case of incest in their family tree?
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