Jesse James The Missouri outlaw married his first cousin Zerelda "Zee" Mimms in 1874 at the height of the James-Younger gang's reign.
They had two children and remained together until Jesse's death, aged 34, 12 years later.
Such legislation reflects outmoded prejudices about immigrants and the rural poor and relies on over-simplified views of heredity.
Since that time we've developed strong feelings for one another and have even begun to talk about marriage. How distant from the family line does a relative need to be in order to qualify as a potential spouse? As you're apparently aware, you've touched upon a controversial issue.
We've done this secretly, because we're aware that many people would take a very dim view of our plans. Perhaps the best way to approach it is by answering your last question first.
H G Wells The science fiction author of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds married his first cousin Isabel Mary Wells in 1891 but left her after three years to marry one of his students, with whom he had two children.
Edgar Allan Poe The American gothic poet secretly married his 13-year-old first cousin, Virginia Eliza Clemm, in 1834. Johann Sebastian Bach In 1707 Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach and had seven of his 20 children with her.