Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cousins and Crushes

Left to right:
Ludora Coleman, b. about 1926, daughter of Smylie Coleman and Joanna Benson
Elijah "Puddin" Smith b. about 1921, son of Asimane Smith and Carrie Jackson
Believed to be a sister of Elijah

The Smith siblings and Ludora were cousins, related through their maternal lines. Elijah had a crush on Ludora's sister Dorcas and he was told he could not marry her because they were cousins. It was said that anyone you had a romantic interest in the Caseyville area was likely a cousin but that didn't stop Elijah from marrying another Caseyville cousin, Velma Scott.

Photograph courtesy of Lincoln County Public Library

4 comments:

  1. Hope it worked out well for the married cousins.

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    1. It worked until Elijah developed a wandering eye for the ladies. After Velma gave birth to three children, the marriage ended in divorce.

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  2. Years ago there were some second cousins who married in my extended family. It seems like it was more accepted in the past than it is now.

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    1. There were several cousins' marriages in my family. Socializing outside of their rural communities was limited for many of them.

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