Dating my deceased wifes sister

There usually seems to have been some secrecy involved, the couple married where they were not known, and it was not difficult to escape detection.I’ve an example of a man who married two sisters in my own family tree.However in this case there seems to have been little effort made to disguise the fact and I’ve often wondered how the couple got away with such blatant law breaking.In 1882 my great-great-grandfather Albert Barker married Ellen Culpan.The Catholic Church, or the Church of Christ, always teaches us by the Spirit of the Word of God.Now, the Church has ever taught, does and will to the end teach from Scripture, that "a man may not marry his deceased wife's sister," or, which is the same thing, "a woman may not marry her sister's husband." The Church consists of two great parts—the Eastern and the Western.Ellen died in 1892, leaving Albert with three young children to bring up alone, and in 1894 he married her older sister, Jane Culpan.

Matthew Boulton married his deceased wife's sister in 1760.

Prohibition of marriage between certain degrees of kindred outlawed what is known as incest; prohibition between degrees of relationship by marriage (affinity) as opposed to blood (consanguinity) seems to have reflected an analogous taboo.

At least one novel, Felicia Skene's The Inheritance of Evil (1849), addressed the topic in polemic fictional form.

Basil, like all the others, is giving the custom and law of the Church as founded on God's command.

Also the Eastern par up to this day forbids such marriages as being illegal.

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