Those of us here in the Midwest are currently enjoying some absolutely gorgeous fall weather. Cloudless, deep blue skies. Warm sun in the day and crisp air at night. Leaves that are just beginning to reveal their true colors.
It feels like a good time for genealogy.
The optional theme for Week 37 was “Large Family.” Who did you write about this past week (whether or not you used the theme)? Leave a comment below with a link to your post. Also, check out the posts from Weeks 35 and 36. You’ll definitely enjoy them (and you might even discover a cousin!)
On my other blog, I recently wrote about what to do when the name of the record is wrong. (Incorrect dates are usually easy to explain way, but the name? You’d think they’d get that part right!)
Upcoming Optional Themes
- Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place
- Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual
Watch for the October themes early next week!
52 Ancestors: #37 Antoine WECKERING Becomes Father of his 13th Child at Age 72!
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
I loved your post and may have to steal “You’d think they’d get that part right!” for a story I discovered while doing my #36. There! It’s in writing which means I’ll have to do it.
Mwhahaha… my evil plan to get future blog posts from you is working! Oh wait, I probably shouldn’t have said that out loud…
Clever and sneaky! I have to write it up anyway to share with another researcher so he can fix his database.
I wrote about my maternal great-great-grandparent’s family – the Robert’s Clan of Wesley, Washington County, Maine
I wrote about my 3x great grandmother – Bridget Connolly Rice who had 12 children. They lived on a farm in Wisconsin.
Anna Barbara MüLLER
My husband’s 2nd Great Grandmother Lost half her children, reducing what might have been a large family. (I get sidetracked with maps and Swiss emigration details in this post, by the way).
My 4th great grandmother Betsey Carver and her husband Stephen Westcott had 13 (possibly 14) children – a large family indeed.
I wrote about three 1C3R who were brothers:
Leroy Peter (or Powhatan) Jennings (1841-1919)
John Arias Jennings (1848-1925)
William T. Jennings (1853-c1908).
They married three sisters: Isabella M. White, Emma T. White, and Roberta F. White and all six were from Amherst County, Virginia
Three Brothers Married Three Sisters
Thomas BOORMAN – My husband’s 2G Grandfather had 14 children in Wandsworth London where he worked as a coach builder and wheelwright. 5 died very young. How did they manage?
Mary KING – I decided to find a direct ancestor woman with the largest number of children and/or grandchildren. 13 children, 87 grandchildren. Boggles my mind! I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren and I’m busybusybusy!
I wrote about the Bovenschen sisters and while there were only six of them, why they came to mind for this week’s theme.
My 3rd great grandmother Margaret (McILWAINE) LYSLE had twelve children. I just need to figure out who her parents were!
Margaret McIlwaine Had Twelve Children.
I wrote about my 7th Great Grandfather, Capt. Samuel Brigham who had 10 or 18 children depending on your source!
MERCER/CRUMLEY – Hannah Mercer (c1740-c1773), Died at 33
When writing this article, I accidentally discovered my ancestor’s house, still standing. Now, you know I’m going to have to go….
I wrote about my Mum’s large FLEMING family
NEWELL–Ebenezr Newell–A Baker’s Dozen of Children
I blogged about my 4th great grandfather who had 13 children
John and Phoebe Farley from Sussex England – 15 children!
Donald Roy Church (week 37-2015) – I learned he had a New York connection.
Week 37 “Large Family”: Sarah Claire “Sadie” Dyer
I wrote about my 2nd-great-grandmother, who had ten children.
GLASS, Amy – one of only 4 surviving children from the large family of James & Mary (Cogan) Glass. She and her three surviving brothers came to Massachusetts during the Great Migration. http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-odds-of-survival-52-ancestors-37.html
This is a post about a family that is not in my tree. I came across them while researching and was astonished by the size of their family – 18 children! http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2014/08/friday-funny-18-kids-no-reality-show.html
CASE, Nehemiah Thomas and Lavina Jane LUCUS had 16 children in 33 years. That’s the largest family I have found from the same parents.
I wrote about an ancestor whose large family was the only way I could prove his lineage.
I’m working my way through my 3x great-grandparents and the largest family I have there is John Ellison, who was one of 14 kids.
BONNER – I chose to feature my 4th Great Grandfather, Jordan Bonner, father of 23 through 3 wives. My Pinterest Board address here:
I wrote about E. 25th Street in Oakland, California. It is where my genealogy research started and where my great grandparents and many of their Portuguese Hawaiian relatives lived started in 1905. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/09/52-ancestors-week-38-the-portuguese-of-east-25th-street-oakland/
EVERETT, Nathaniel – Nathaniel was my fifth great-grandfather and he had 17 children. He owned lots of land and probably needed all those kids to help manage the family business.
EVERETT, Nathaniel – Here’s another link to the article about Nathaniel and his 17 children: