#5 Charles Darwin And Emma Wedgewood: they were related
It truly cannot get more ironic than this, as Charles Darwin, the known father of the theory of evolution, married someone he was closely related to—his first cousin!
They were one year apart and allegedly very close since they were children, with Emma Wedgwood being one of the few who supported Charles’ decision to travel to Beagle even though her father forbade it. In return, when Emma was courting a family friend who ended up in a scandal, Charles came back home to make sure the relationship would not go any further.
The story goes that Emma refused several marriage proposals as she was content to stay with him and care for her sister and mother, who was bedridden. However, when she was thirty and Charles was twenty-nine, they got married! The irony doesn’t stop here, as the person who officiated their wedding was also their cousin.
Together, they had ten children, three of whom did not make it and died while still young. We know that back in the 1800s, the life expectancy for children was really low. However, we wonder if the fact that the two were first cousins and closely blood-related had anything to do with it too!