Okay. This is where some unsettling information must be revealed: namely, many of you reading this thing are related to yourself. I don’t mean related to yourself in the sense of having self-consciousness or talking to yourself (or singing in the shower). No, you may be YOUR OWN COUSIN. This is how it happened.
Once upon a time, there was a man named John Pratt, born in 1792 in Mill of Tifty, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to a (no doubt lovely) Mary Anderson of Blackwater Street, Fergus, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on a date as yet unconfirmed. They lived most of their lives together in Loanburn, Midlothian, Scotland. They had several children, including a daughter named Mary Ann and their youngest, a daughter named Jessie.
In the fullness of time, Mary Ann, grew up to marry Alexander Ronald of St. Nicholas, Aberdeen on November 10, 1854), with whom she had a son named John Ronald, born in 1858. John, sometime before 1881, moved to 105 Elsley Rd, Battersea, London, England where he is listed in the 1881 England Census as employed as a Grocer. He married Marian Ellen Baker, and they had a daughter named . . .
The other daughter, Jessie, also grew up and she married William Taylor, also of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1851. They had several children and the first, named Elizabeth Taylor, was born in August of 1851 (yes, in the same year as their marriage!). Elizabeth, in her turn, married a Farm Servant named John Fowlie on January 6, 1877 in the Church of Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, and they eventually had a son named . . .
On April 19, 1907, Grace Ronald and George Fowlie married each other in Stoughton Saskatchewan–UNAWARE that they were actually 2nd cousins since they had the same Great-Grandfather!
Thus it is that, technically, all 9 of their children (including Elizabeth Grace Victoria) were their own 3rd cousins and all 6 of Grace’s children with Melville Watson are their own 4th cousins, and . . . well you get the idea. Although you’d think they might have guessed there was something going on given that George’s full name was . . .
George Patterson Ronald Taylor Fowlie
You can’t make this stuff up!!!