Roger Lustig <julierog@...>
Happened all the time. Still does.
Start with my own parents: first, my father's sister married my mother's
first cousin. Then my father, traveling on business, visited his new
more-or-less-in-laws (hot meal, you know). And met my mother. Mind
you, it wasn't that long ago (55 years next month) that they met, and he
didn't go explicitly to find a wife, and Buenos Aires to New York is a
little more than 50 miles, but the principle is sufficiently similar,
don't you think?
An example closer to your schema: in the 1870's, a son of Abraham Adolph
KUSCHNITZKY traveled >from his home in Gleiwitz (Upper Silesia) to
Vienna. He took with him the address of the brother of Salomon WINKLER,
who was the cantor in Gleiwitz. He married a daughter of Alois
WINKLER. Over the next decade, two of his brothers married two more of
Alois WINKLER's daughters.
That's still more than 50 miles, and he may not have visited the
Viennese WINKLERs in explicit search for a bride, but it's hard to
imagine that his brothers didn't take note of the possibilities right away.
For that matter, I could show you examples of this happening without
travel, i.e., paired marriages within the same city or town. Or a
distant relative of mine named BAGINSKY who was married three
times--each time to a woman named LUSTIG. As far as I know, I'm not
related to any of the wives--but I have determined that wife 2 was the
aunt of wife 3. And wife 1 wasn't a sister of either of the others, but
was probably related to them in some other way.
(my own fourth cousin, and triple cousin of some of Cantor WINKLER's