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The 17-year-old twins drive a horse-drawn buggy, wear long dresses and white head coverings, and see their friends at church on Sundays.Done with education at 14, after finishing eighth grade, Jasmine works as a teacher’s aide, and Janelle helps her mother around the house, speaking Pennsylvania Dutch and English.

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Yes, they will miss out on something cultural, and that’s not nothing.I found a long article on Mennonite marriage at Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. So if they think of them as non relatives it makes it okay. My great-grandfather married his cousin-once-removed in Russia, but it was his third marriage, so I think it was a case of he being a widower and she being a widow, both with infant children, and living close enough together to make courting easy.Anyway, I reasoned, wouldn’t a Menno chap be just the kind of partner I’m looking for? I live two hours from the nearest Mennonite church, and I don’t attend every Sunday. Is this a question of my place on the liberal-conservative spectrum or of my belief in Mennonite pillars of faith?After weeks of fighting the idea of dating online, I finally began the application process. Three food items that best represent Mennonites for you. If I were a Mennonite of Russian descent from Kansas, I might say zweiback or borscht.The girls blend in with the people in their lives, set apart in only one way. They are among about 100 children, most of them black, born to women who were incarcerated at Pennsylvania prisons and sent by their mothers to Mennonite foster families in Central Pennsylvania as part of an informal caretaking program. The children navigate two worlds as they grow up in white insular cultures. The little girls, you read, feel safe and secure and loved in their white Mennonite family.

That is the most important thing: that they are loved, and know they are loved, and cared for.

Does anyone know if this was allowed in Mennonite culture, or if it ever happened? "Marriage." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Yes older folks past childbearing age often married cousins more so for the widows sake if there was nobody to look after her.

I have found this type of marriage happening quite often in other (non-Mennonite) genealogy research that I have done, but am not sure if I have encountered it amongst Mennonites. Even today I always hear the same thing from family and friends brought up in Russia when I say I found a fourth cousin that they don`t count why because in their minds it was alright to marry 4th or 3rd cousins.

To start off Benjamin's grandson Jakob Veer 382259 parents are David De Fehr 196518 and Maria De Fehr 196528. This is just the start I can give more examples both in my family and outside of it were it was the norm for cousins to marry.

One important point to consider here may be, that the Christian Bible does not apparently specifically forbid cousin marriage. As surprising as this may be, it is something that the deeply religious Mennonite community may have had to ponder.

I wouldn't agree that most families had first-cousin marriages in Russia.