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