Re: Consanguinity and stillbirths #general


EdrieAnne Broughton
 

This is not just in Jewish families.  My great great grandparents were double first cousins when they married in 1861.  This was 1 marriage of five marriages over a ten year period.  Four sisters and one brother married four brothers and one sister.  Their parents were one set of siblings and one set of 1st cousins, once removed.  In this case they had moved from the far north of Maine to the 'frontier' of Pennsylvania with a newly minted Methodist circuit rider.  This family had had previous cousin marriages for several generations back to 1776.  When you wanted to marry inside a 'new' religion sometimes you had to marry a cousin, marry outside your religion or not marry at all.  Not much of a choice really.  I have similar experience in several Quaker lines in the other branch of my family.  These families had a higher incidence of stillbirths, and early childhood deaths but it had more to do with TB coming back with soldiers of the Civil War and rigors of the frontier than genetic diseases rising to the front.  Makes DNA analysis a real adventure.  
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California

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