IS BADLY TANGLED
FAMILY RELATIONSHIP HARD TO
Indiana Man Furnishes a Problem for
Those Fond of Working on Puzzles
—Not Sure But What He May Be
His Own Brother.
Henry W. Bullock of Indianapolis
conies from an old Southern family
which was so entangled by intermar
riage that, as Mr. Bullock himself re
cently said, he is sometimes not “dead
sure" he is not his own brother.
“The situation.“ said Mr. Bullock.
‘as to our ancestral intermarriages is
rendered all the more complicated
when you come to * consider that
through more than a century of our
family history there have been but
two instances where there was a mar
riage of blood relatives.
“Father’s maternal grandmother.
Davenport, was a Virginian, and a slip
of a girl when Lord Cornwallis made
his little Virginia raid, which ended
badly for him at Yorktown. She mat
rietl and she and grandfather started
for the West. Grandfather died in
Kentucky. Grandmother Bullock
came to Indiana.
“Some years later she married Pc
ter Muncie, who. with his family,
among whom was Margaret Helton,
my maternal grandmother, came to
Clay county in 183 G.
“Peter Muncie’s son Reuben mar
ried Aunt Gencie Bullock, who, by the
way. died within the last six months.
Thus, you see, Reuben married Ills
stepsister. His son Peter, by a for
mer marriage, married Aunt Margaret
Bullock. Now bear in mind that
Grandmother Helton was a sister of
Reuben Muncie and that father mar
ried the daughter of his stepsister.
There were four Peter Muncies, for
instance, grandfather, his son. Big
Uncle Pete.’ ‘Little Unole Pete’ and
Betsy’s ‘Pete.’ ‘Little Uncle Pete,’ to
whom I have referred, is brother-in
law to my father, cousin to my moth
er and both an uncle and second cous
in of mine. I might remark. ‘Now.
wouldn’t that jar you?’
“See if >ou can work out by al
gebra or any old way my relationship
to the rest of the family. My mother
married her mother’s stepbrother, or
in other words, her uncle by mar
riage. The wife of one’s uncle is one’s
aunt, therefore mother is her own
aunt. The children of one’s aunt are
one's own cousins, therefore mother
la cousin to her own children. I sup
pose mother’s children are about sec
ond cousins to her uncle’s children,
therefore I am, so far as I can figure,
my own cousin.
“Peter Muncie, Sr., married Grand
mother Bullock. Reuben Munciff
married her daughter and Peter Mun
cie, Jr., married another daughter.
Peter, Sr., was the father of Reuben
and the father in law of Peter. Jr.
This makes Peter, Jr., and his father
brothers. They were also brothers in
law. Peter. Jr., was a half brother to
Rati ben's children and was their uncle
through their mother’s side of the
“And now I am going to give you
Jo at one more problem comlnß up
from our family 'mlxup,' anil then I'll
leave the whole mailer with you to
dfure out—lf you ran. I'm free to
admit It has been a puzzler to me.
"Grandmother Bullock Muncie, by
her aecond marriage, hail two sons.
They were brothers-in-law to mother
and her unclea, being half-brothers to
THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO.
** C1 rau “«i- ' were also half
brothers to father and micles of his
by marriage. Then, there is 'Uncle
Billy' Muncie, now of Dana, III. He
Is literally mother's mothers brother
son and married father's mother'i
daughter. Now-rtell me right quick—
who am I?"—New York Herald.
Noted For Her Beauty.
The countess of Northbrook, until
a short while ago better known as Via
countess Baring. Is looked upon as
one of the handsomest women In Lon
don society. During the life of the
late earl, says the Tattler, she always
spent much of her time with him at
his country home In Hampshire, and
there shone as the most brilliant host
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shooting parties entirely herself and
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her and was never tired of showing
oh her portraits and pictures, of
which he had no fewer than fifty dif
ferent kinds, and always talked of her
as his ''beautiful daughter In-law."
"Martha," said a Westport womaD
to her negro cook, ''when are you and
Abe going to be married?’
“Doan' know es Ah'II mahry dat
man,” replied the cook
"What's the matter, now?" she was
Well, ins'an ." the cook said, shak
ing her head. ' Ah hear Ah been run
nln' around wlf erntuhah woman Ac's
full oh suspieloslly bout dat ntau "
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