On August 31, 1859, Jabez Percival, son of Dr. John Stearns Percival and Sarah Ann Kirtley and Catherine Bush, daughter of Philip Bush and Vicy Tousey were married in Covington, Kentucky. They were first cousins. Vicy Tousey Bush was the daughter of Thomas Tousey and Lydia Percival. Lydia Percival was a sister of Dr. Jabez Percival, Dr. John Stearns Percival's father. This was so common in the early days of our country when meeting a suitable spouse was not quite so easy. Jabez and Catherine or "Kate" went on to become the parents of six children: Tenie Kirtley, William Bush, Julia Lynd, John Philip, Olive Tousey and Ellen Major Percival. Tenie died at the age of 16 and Julia died at 3 months.
Kate is pictured at left and Jabez on the right. The photos are courtesy of my fourth cousin, Julia Percival Deimler.