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From: Patricia Radford <[log in to unmask]>
> I just can't let the old crack about cousins marrying cousins as being
> near typical in Appalachia slide by. My family (both sides) is from
> I spent my first few years of life there--in a tiny, tiny town in Knott
> in southeastern Kentucky.
Uh, both my parents are from Appalachia---trust me, there is plenty of
cousin marrying cousin going on......Some of my 1st cousins have married
some of my other 1st cousins, in fact. At least they already know the
I know of many instances of 14 year old girls
> marrying, but usually to a male between 17 and 20. That is not a myth,
> it doesn't happen much anymore. Yet I have never known of two 1st, 2nd, or
> 3rd cousins marrying. Although that doesn't mean it never happens, but it
> certainly isn't as common as flatlanders might think.
Flatlander? Considering I'm the first generation that wasn't "born" in the
hills, that's a stretch----my father was in the military when I was born, so
I was born out of the country. However, that does not negate the point,
which was a rebuttal of the comment indicating no one in the US could have a
single heritage.....Nor did I indicate cousins were marrying....my exact
words stated "where jokes about marrying your cousin aren't funny"....Your
response validates my state.