Thursday, March 13, 2014

My Cousin, His Cousin

James Earl Scott and Tom Isaac

Cousin - Offspring of an uncle or aunt. A cousin is a relative with whom a person shares one or more common ancestors. Wikipedia

James Earl is my cousin and Tom is James cousin but Tom is not my cousin.

How is James related to me?
We share a gg grandparent, James Markham, which makes us second cousins.
James great grandmother Catherine Matilda Markham Scott, and my great grandfather Monroe Markham were siblings.
We are related through our maternal sides.

How is James related to Tom?
James' gg grandparents, Franklin Scott and Sallie Coleman, are the great grandparents of Tom Isaac, which makes them second cousins once removed.
They are related through their maternal sides.

Photograph courtesy of Nathaniel Thomas


  1. I always start to get confused when I'm trying to figure out if a relationship is "once removed"

    1. I need to write it down to figure out the once removed, otherwise I am lost.

  2. Thank you for posting this nice picture and connecting information. It's always nice to see the faces of people in our trees. My husband, Robert is a cousin of both men thru his maternal line as James Markham is also his gg grandfather and Sallie Coleman is his gt grand aunt.

    1. The Coleman and Markham lines make Cousin Robert related to almost everyone from Caseyville. I thought I was a cousin to Tom until I looked at his tree. I claim Tom as cousin because he and I will show up at some of the same family reunions, funerals, etc.