“[New Englanders] very contentedly made a little clique of themselves and intermarried very much, with a sure and cheerful faith that in such alliances there can be no blunder.”
- John Morse, Jr., in Memoir of Colonel Henry Lee, as quoted by Judson Hale.
I was reminded of this quote from Inside New England when I stumbled upon this little piece of our family tree from the 1600s, children of the first settlers of the New Hampshire seacoast town of Hampton. Here, brothers from one family married sisters from another family, and a child from each of those marriages then got married and had children. As a result, our fourth great grandfather had the same great grandparents on both sides. [Insert web feet/banjo music reference of your choice here.]