The following remarkable genealogical curiosity appeared originally in Hood’s Magazine, and is a singular piece of reasoning to prove that a man may be his own grandfather.
There was a widow [Anne] and her daughter [Jane], and a man [George] and his son [Henry]. The widow married the son, and the daughter married the father. The widow was therefore mother [in law] to her husband’s father, and grand-mother to her own husband.
By this husband she had a son [David], to whom she was also great-grandmother. Now, the son of a great-grandmother must be grand-father or grand-uncle to the person to whom his motherwas great-grandmother ; but Anne was great-grandmother to him [David], therefore David is his own grandfather.
The accompanying diagram will enable the reader to follow this more easily.
From The World of Wonders, 1873
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