Please give me a day or two

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When somebody marries his sister's mother-in-law it is cause for a lot of sourcing to check it out. Pretty sure it's right but no one seems to have noticed it before. Going as fast as I can at the sourcing but two others are working this family so I thought I'd mention it.
WikiTree profile: Charles Garnier
in The Tree House by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
How about putting a note at the top of the profile indicating that you're working on it?  That's supposed to keep others at bay to give you a reasonable chance before they start "improving" it.
Why does he have "RN" as a suffix? In my experience, RN stands for Registered Nurse.
RN in UK stands for Royal Navy. I believe it is only used for commissioned officers.
Okay, that makes more sense.

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Wow very interesting, well sure it is quite possible. Looking forward to seeing the results of your research. Thank you for sharing.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (362k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Story complete for the time being. Charles's baptism would improve things but I have not found many baptisms for this group. At least his wife has an interesting profile now. An eldest son marrying a woman who could not bear him children is very unusual, perhaps her beauty overwhelmed him.
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This sounds like a situation that would have required a dispensation from the Church for “affinity.” Are these records available for this location?
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (684k points)
Mm. Dunno. Affinity has become less and less restrictive but I reckon we'd need a blow by blow account of the subject to be sure. Late 18th century, Church of England. I bet someone knows.
My experience is with records at the Diocese of Guadalajara, while dispensations for consanguinity are much more common, dispensations do exist for affinity, although they are typically for closer relationships.

Don't think it was forbidden, though I'm sure it would have caused tongues to wag.

Tables of affinity here

Since the break with Rome, the C of E doesn't do dispensations.  There's allowed and not-allowed, period.

I think that's true of Protestants in general.  The dispensation business had become just a Vatican money-making racket, along with indulgences etc.

But affinity between the parties can only be created by the former marriages of the parties themselves, not by a marriage of any 3rd parties.

Which means, if you've been married before, you can't marry certain blood relatives of your late spouse.

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