I keep one large, sprawling family tree online and because several of the families involved in the one-place studies were tangentially related to me, I entered the data into my online tree, synched it with Family Tree Maker and then split off the one-place studies in that application.
Not long ago I received a question about a couple in my Floyd County one-place study. For that county I had only been involved in the phase that entered data from the heritage book into a family tree application. So none of the information I had was sourced. In an attempt to answer the question, I researched the family group -- much further back in time than I intended as I kept finding men with the surname Quesenberry marrying women with the maiden name of Quesenberry. I figured I had another case of cousins marrying cousins and I wanted to know more. The answer to the cousin question was, as near as I can determine, yes but much more distant cousins than one might think for a county that had a population of 14,405 in 1890 and 15,279 in 2010.
|Graphic representing three generations of Quesenberry-Quesenberry marriages|
and the spouses relationship to each other; created using Microsoft Powerpoint
- Thomas Henderson Quesenberry married Mary Emma Quesenberry in 1890. They were first cousins twice removed
- Gordon Lee Quesenberry married Caroline Quesenberry in 1914. They were second cousins twice removed
- Chester Vinton Quesenberry married Treva Mae Quesenberry in 1939. They were third cousins.
What caught my fancy was three generations of fathers and sons marrying women with the same surname.