Saturday, April 2, 2011

Complicated Cameron Relationships

From the Muskegon Daily-Chronicle published January 17, 1899:

Prescott is puzzled by relationships mad there by recent marriages.  John A. Cameron, aged 89, on Thursday married Miss Anna B. Van Doren, who is but 26 years old.  A short time ago Mrs. George Van Doren, aged 46, mother of the bride in the present instance, was married to Hugh C. Cameron, 58 years old, son of the aged bridegroom, who now marries her daughter.  Mrs. John A. Cameron is her mother's mother-in-law.  Hugh C. Cameron is his father's father-in-law.  John A. Cameron is his mother-in-law's father-in-law.  Mrs. John A. Cameron is her father-in-law's mother-in-law.  Mrs. Hugh C. Cameron is her daughter's daughter-in-law.  John A. Cameron is his son's son-in-law.  Mrs. Hugh C. Cameron is her son-in-law's daughter-in-law.  Thus Mrs. John C. [sic] Cameron becomes the mother of her own mother, and Hugh C. Cameron his father's father.  Should John A. Cameron have a son he would be a step-brother to his grandmother.  Hugh C. Cameron, his step-brother, would also be his grandfather.  A son born to Hugh C. Cameron and wife would be step-brother to his grandmother.

The above can also be seen here.

Was this story real?  Could not find a record of the marriages.

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