15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 9:19 pm
By:James Fraser

Marrying family members, particularly cousins, is taboo in many countries, religions and cultures.It's also genetically incorrect as it results in genetic disorders. However, cousin marriages or marrying family members isn't uncommon. Cousin marriage laws in the United States differ from state to state. Cousin marriages are allowed in states like California, Florida, Maryland, and New York. In states like Texas and Nevada, it is against the law to have sex or marry one's cousin. Check out these fifteen famous personalities who married their family members.
1.Thomas Jefferson

The American lawyer and beloved Founding Father married his third cousin, Martha Wayles Skelton. They had six children together. His family members said that his ten-year-old marriage with his cousin was the happiest period in his life. Martha Jefferson served as first lady of Virginia from 1779 to 1781.


Thomas Jefferson-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members



2.Edgar Allan Poe

Famous American poet and short story writer married his first cousin Virginia Clemm in 1845, when she was 13. He was known for being a creep. He has given his wife nickname 'sissy' after the marriage. The couples were married for eleven years until his wife died of tuberculosis.


Edgar Allan Poe-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


3.Kevin Bacon

The 'Hollow Man' star found out that his wife Kyra Sedgwick is a cousin to him, after 25 years of their marriage!


Kevin Bacon-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members




4.Johann Sebastian Bach

The 17th-century iconic German musician Johan Sebastian Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach.


Johann Sebastian Bach-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


5.H.G. Wells

The 'War of the Worlds' author H.G. Wells, who is known as the father of modern fiction, married his first cousin Isabel Mary Wells. However, the marriage didn't last long as H.G. Wells cheated on his wife with multiple women.


H.G. Wells-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members




6.Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, are related. They both are direct descendants of Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II is Prince Philip's third cousin through Queen Victoria. Prince Philip was born in a Greece-Denmark royal family. He gave up his Greek and Danish royal titles to marry Queen Elizabeth II.


Queen Elizabeth II-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


7.Rudy Giuliani

He is an American politician, businessman and a public speaker. He also served as mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001.He married Regina Peruggi, who is second cousin to him.


Rudy Giuliani-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members

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8.Albert Einstein

We all know him as one of the smartest persons to live on this planet. If not, the smartest of all.  He married his first cousin Elsa Einstein after he was caught cheating on his former wife, Mileva. Albert's and Elsa's mothers were sisters. He later cheated on Elsa by sleeping with his secretary and several other women.


Albert Einstein-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


9.Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, married his fifth cousin Eleanor Roosevelt. What's interesting is his parents too were cousins.


Franklin D. Roosevelt-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members

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10.Charles Darwin

The English naturalist and geologist, Charles Darwin, married his cousin Emma Wedgewood. He was very afraid of weaknesses caused by inbreeding, but most of his children grew well and had good careers.


Charles Darwin-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


11.John F. Fitzgerald

John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald was an American politician. He is the father of Rose Kennedy and maternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy. He married his second cousin Mary Josephine Hannon.


John F. Fitzgerald-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members




12.Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, American singer, songwriter and pianist, who rocked the world with "Great Balls of Fire," married his 13-year-old cousin in 1958, when he was 22. His popularity came right down and was blacklisted by radios after the marriage.


Jerry Lee Lewis-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


13.Igor Stravinsky

Popular 20th century Russian composer married his cousin Catherine Nossenko.


Igor Stravinsky-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


14.Saddam Hussein

The deceased Iraqi leader married his first cousin Sajida Talfah. The couple got engaged when Saddam was only five years old. They met again only on their wedding day in 1963. The couple had five children together.


Saddam Hussein-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


15.Jesse James (Outlaw)

Infamous American outlaw, Jesse James, who was known for train robberies, was also a cousin-kisser. He married his first cousin Zerelda "Zee" Mimms.


Jesse James (Outlaw)-15 Famous Personalities Who Married Their Family Members


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