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A Mighty Mixed Family, 1895

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A Mighty Mixed Family, 1895

Posted: 5 Sep 2003 3:49PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
A Mighty Mixed Family

(Hopkinsville Kentuckian)

The school report from district No. 5, near White Plains, reveals a peculiar state of affairs in one family. From one house, ten school children are reported between the ages of 6 and 20 years. One of these is the wife of the father of eight of the others, being only 18 years of age, and himself married, his wife being the older sister of his father's wife, who is not reported, being over 20. The tenth is a boy living in the family. The complicated relationship was so unusual that the trustees called special attention to it, not being certain whether married people should be listed as school children. It does not seem, however, to be a violation of any law. Those fond of "figuring" may amuse themselves working out the relationship of the father and son, who are brothers-in-law, and of the sisters, who are relatives in several different way. We are forbidden to use the names, but this item is a true statement. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Fri., May 3, 1895)

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