Today, only six states allow marriage between first cousins, but bans on marrying one’s cousin only just started popping up in the last century. In some places, marriage to the first cousin is illegal – in others it is advised! Wells first cousin Isabel Mary Wells, who he left after only three years.
Although they had met as children, they became reacquainted after a dinner at the White House in 1902 held by Eleanor’s uncle and Franklin’s fifth cousin, President Teddy Roosevelt. Elsa died in 1936 due to various health problems, and though Albert never married again he had several girlfriends until his death in 1955.
At the age of 20 poet Edgar Allen Poe moved in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin after his father left and his mother had died.
It was there in Baltimore that he met his seven year old cousin Virginia, who he fell in love with and married when she was only thirteen.
She died eighteen years later in 1847, and Poe died only two years after Virginia’s death.
In 1957 famous rock and roll musician Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin Myra, who was only 13 at the time.
He lost an incredible amount of respect and credibility.
The marriage almost ended his career and caused him to move from rock to a more country style.
They had two children together, and ended up divorced in 1970.
[Image: Jerry Lee Lewis and his Wife Myra] Governor Rudy Giuliani married a woman who he thought to be his third cousin, Regina Peruggi, in 1968.