Saturday, March 16, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: LARGE FAMILY

Amy Johnson Crow challenges us to remember our ancestors and their families through this task: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I completed ’52 Ancestors’ in 2014 & here I go again. This post is in response to that challenge. The topic for this week is ‘LARGE FAMILY.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: LARGE FAMILY

What is considered a large family? It depends on the year, the generation.My brother & I have three children each. My father & most of his siblings had four children each.  I went to my families on my Family Tree Maker Program and looked for the largest family in each generation in my direct line.

My Grandparents:

Nathaniel & Helen (Coyle) Gardner                                       1 child, my mother
Roy Jesse & Ivy (Mark) Brown                             7 children, my father was the Oldest

My Great Grandparents

Leopold & Fannie (Edelstein) Gardner                                  5 Children
Michael & Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle                           7 Children
Jasper Pascal & Rose Ella (Brumfield) Brown                     9 Children   
Thomas K, & N. Regina (Gruissy) Mark                                  7 Children

My Great Great Grandparents

Markusz S. & Devorah (Horn) Gartner                                  7 Children
Adolph & Netty (Grofs) Edelstein                                         6 Children
Patrick & Margaret (Brady) Coyle                                       11 Children
Daniel & Brigid (English) Mullane                                       11 Children
Allen Moses & Emmaline (Smith) Brown                               3 Children
Jessie A, & Martha E. (Alford) Brumfield                             9 Children
William & Elidia Rebecca (Ritter) Mark                            12 Children**
Augustus C. & Esther B. (Wolf) Gruissy                                 5 Children

**William Mark also had two more children, with his first wife. 

Follow the links to learn more about these ancestors.



Dara said...

I love this post, Colleen, I might just have to borrow your idea!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Please do!

Nancy said...

I think you're right that it depends on the generation. In general, it seems that families have decreased in size over the past 3 or 4 generations. At least that is so in my families.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Yes. My parents had four. We have three children. Our children, nieces & nephews have two children in their families. Therefore the definition of a 'large family' changes.

Wendy said...

If you can't fit all the kids in one car, that's a LARGE family!!