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To: Colofornian

Could 150 years of intermarriages explain some of the depression?


19 posted on 02/06/2013 6:09:08 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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Could 150 years of intermarriages explain some of the depression?

Not sure...worth investigating...

For all interested in the long-term effects of intermarrying amidst a limited gene pool within smaller Mormon communities, see:

FATAL INHERITANCE: MORMON EUGENICS by Linda Walker

It discusses Nephritis/Alport's Syndrome...

Per Walker, citing former BYU History prof Michael Quinn: The ‘hierarchy children’ are from the ‘elite’ first families of Mormonism and these families started polygamy in America. Nearly all the Mormon founding families were relatives, so the first polygamists enjoyed relations to different degrees when the divine experiment began. The Twelve Apostles of Mormonism then acted to increase this familial relationship by marrying other relatives until in 1877, at the end of Brigham Young’s reign as Mormon Prophet and King, the polygamous hierarchy became l00% interrelated.[4] D. Michael Quinn, former Brigham Young University Professor, states “The Mormon practice of polygamy enabled men to marry daughters, nieces, cousins, granddaughters and former wives of other General Authorities”. [5] Did this practice affect my family and other Mormon pioneer families adversely, possibly even in other momentous ways?

Good question to ask...

Oh...and Walker mentions how when polygamy was being prosecuted in the 1880s and when it went underground in the 1890s and 1900s, the children of lesser known plural wives were oft' kept in the dark about their genetic kinship.

Hence, some may have wound up marrying blood relatives without even any realization of that!

20 posted on 02/06/2013 6:48:15 PM PST by Colofornian
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