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The Gideon Brayton who was the father of your gggggrandmother Mary born in 1800 could not have been the son of Thomas Brayton and Mary Freeborn. That Gideon was my ggggggrandfather and he was born in 1718, married Rebecca Nichols in 1741, and died in 1792. However, he did have a son, Gideon, born in 1744. Gideon Jr. was Gideon Sr.'s second son. His first son, Thomas, is whose line I am descended from. There were a lot of Braytons with the same name, as family names were passed from father to son or grandfather to grandson. And the Braytons of that period were fairly prolific, having anywhere from six to thirteen children! It could well be Gideon, the son of Gideon Brayton, who married Ruth; my geneology (compiled originally in 1899) does not say who married the second Gideon. Actually, it was not uncommon in those days for first cousins to marry, (if they weren't Catholic) and happened frequently in England, and therefore, colonial America. Keeping things "in the family" was even seen by some as desirable. It wasn't until the late 19th or 20th century that the genetic reasons for not marrying cousins made the custom disappear. However, my great aunt Irene, who did much research on the Braytons, did end up marrying a second cousin after having been widowed--and thereby regained her maiden name. She never had children, so maybe this was seen as acceptable.