Large families in the past.

Discussion in 'Countryside Families' started by Ardie/WI, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Ardie/WI

    Ardie/WI Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    My cousin just wrote me about our relatives. She wrote that my paternal grandmother's father died when she was seven, leaving her mother with six children. Her mother met and married a man who also had six children and then they went on and had six of their own.

    Can you imagine the family get togethers!
  2. giddy

    giddy Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    My son-in-law's dad was one of 17. My son-in-law was told he has 652 first cousins. Don't know if thats true or not! lol

  3. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    I have over 120 first and second cousins (due to remarriage etc) and I thought that was a large number LOL!

    Imagine Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar when they have to buy ALL those presents for their grandkids LOL!

  4. Rowenna7

    Rowenna7 Looking for my place...

    Dec 22, 2005
    Southwestern Wisconsin
    My dad was adopted, but in his biological family he was one of 18 brothers and sisters. Apparently my grandfather ran around quite a bit, and fathered other children with multiple women as well, but we have no way of knowing how many other children there were or any way to find out who they are. We know most of the 18, although one brother that was adopted to a different family was never found. I have literally hundreds of cousins, 2nd cousins, etc. We started having family reunions a couple of years back and more people are showing up every year. It certainly makes for some interesting conversations.
  5. Quiver0f10

    Quiver0f10 Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2003
    I have only 10 :p but in our old church we knew a family that had 17 kids and the mom died and he married a woman who had 17 kids and whose husband had died.

    They had a lot of money so that wasn't an issue, but can you imagine 34 children LOL. Christmas must be a blast at their house!
  6. Jan in CO

    Jan in CO Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    Here I was just reading an email my brother sent about our great, great grandfather, who was a polygamist and had three wives. Six children with one, seven with another, and 14 with the third, our great, great grandmother. Whew. You would have to eat in shifts if you had that many children, as my husband's cousins did. I just think of waiting for the bathroom.....! I admire anyone with more than one child, as I am not the most patient person in the world! Jan in Co
  7. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 20, 2004
    My mom was one of 12 and we have great family reunions! I have around 60 first cousins on my mom's side of the family (haven't counted them all up in a while).
  8. Wendy

    Wendy Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2002
    SE Indiana
    I am from a family of 11 kids. My parents have 40 grandkids as of now. I am sure there will be a few more added to the bunch before everyone is done. We have a ball.

    My husband said they did a survey on the radio asking people if they had a choice of having no kids or 13 kids, what would they choose. I was surprised when he said 45% of them said they would have 13. I forget how many they polled.
  9. Windy_jem

    Windy_jem Well-Known Member Supporter

    Feb 18, 2006
    I'm #9 of a family of 10 kids (5 boys, 5 girls)... we had a blast as kids. Now my sisters are the Martha Stewart types and there is ME...sitting in my grubby jeans in the garden eating peas fresh off the vines! I like it My way better! lol
  10. culpeper

    culpeper Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2002
    Many years ago, my mother told me that I had 54 cousins. There may have been more since, and some have died. I knew only a handful of them, and today I wouldn't recognise any of them if I tripped over them in the street.

    There's one couple here in Australia who are the proud parents of TWO sets of quads (conceived naturally). There are a couple of other earlier children, and they plan of having more. I say they are gluttons for punishment!

    I think of my poor grandmother, the eldest of a large family (12, I think). She spent her entire childhood and early adulthood in being mother to the younger children. In desperation, she tried to escape into marriage - only to be landed with more of the same, PLUS a husband! I think it happened a lot, and it's still happening.

    It's all very well to say children are blessings, but you can have too much of a good thing, I reckon!
  11. Jerngen

    Jerngen Perpetually curious! Supporter

    May 22, 2006
    North Central Michigan
    My dad was one of 16 kids. I don't really know them because I was a bit of a scandal. My mom and dad had one last "night out" before they broke up and she never told him about me. He went on shortly afterwards to marry and have kids with his wife. When I was five my mom found out I needed hearing aids and had to name the father when she tried to get help with them. They are a VERY strict catholic family so it was quite the scandal.
    Anyhow I met my grandparents at their house in 2001 and was shocked to find out I have over 140some first/second cousins and there were something like 18 due that year alone! I can't imagine what that number must be up to now!
    The interesting thing is my grandmother came from a family of 12 and my grandfather was an only child! Can you imagine what his parents thought when they produced 16 grandkids?
  12. hillsidedigger

    hillsidedigger Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    NC/Blue Ridge foothills
    Those who don't learn from the mistakes of history are likely to repeat those mistakes

    and there were some fairly large numbers of children on both sides of my parents' families.

    Osama bin Laden is said to have had 24 children, his father 52.
    It is commonly held that Jesus Christ sired no children.

    Which of those 3 is more exemplary (worthy of imitation)?

    During the time period in which Jesus appeared, the world was populated by about 300 million people which in my opinion is about the high end of the optimum long term number of humans for this world. Thats less than 1/20th. the current number although it was only about 1/4th. the number of just over 100 years ago. The task of replenishing the world (commanded in Genesis) had pretty well been fully accomplished by 2,000 years ago.
  13. mwhit

    mwhit Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    My mother was the youngest of 10 children, but 2 died young including the only boy-- when grandpa died at 83 in 1994 he had 8 living daughters, 56 grandchildren (many of them older than my mother), 80+ great grandchildren and quite a few great great grandchildren. There are alot more now, but I haven't counted... My great great grandparents on my fathers side had 13 children-- the poor lady died when she was 39 and great grandpa never remarried, but he did have his sister in law raise the baby. Dad had 5 siblings, but the oldest was hit and killed by a milk truck while sledding when he was 13. My grandparents didn't have anymore children after that and a few years later my grandmother died from heart disease-- I only have 8 cousins on that side.
  14. Pony

    Pony STILL not Alice Supporter

    Jan 6, 2003
    I have two children; I come from a family of 7 kids. Life was not the Waltons for me growing up, but some people do not take the gift of children as seriously and thankfully as they ought. Still, given my 'druthers, I would have had more, but that just wasn't meant to be.

    We could argue all day long about world population and all sorts of hot buttons, but as long as you are loving and caring for your children, teaching them how to respect others and the world on which we live, helping them to contribute to the world rather than tear it down, then you SHOULD have as many children as your heart and household can handle.

    The argument that Jesus didn't have any children is specious. Think of the trouble on the playground; "My dad can lick your dad!" :rolleyes:

    Besides that, we're ALL His kids!

  15. Bink

    Bink Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2003
    Beautiful Kentucky
    I suppose it goes a long way to explaining the stories: "well, all we got was an orange in our stockings for Christmas, and we liked it!"
  16. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    Glad to see that you state that this is your opinion.

    It's amazing to me that no matter how long we hear the overpopulation crowd screaming that the world can't handle this many people, it continues to clip right along. There are millions of acres of vacant land in this country alone. Granted, some is not as desirable as others, but much of it would be useable if necessary. We throw away enough food in this country to feed several smaller countries at the very least. There are thousands of acres of land in my home county alone that used to be farmland that has been planted in pine trees. The farmers weren't making enough money on the crops, because the supplies were too high.

    The number of children a family has is a personal decision between them and God. I don't belittle anyone who chooses to have few or no children. I just wish others would show the same courtesy to those of us with large families. If everyone had always felt the way you do we the world would not have Mozart or the Wesley brothers. They were all younger children of large families.

    And comparing the Bin Laden's to Jesus in this respect is totally ridiculous.
  17. dnw826

    dnw826 Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    I agree with you. I would much rather see a loving, responsible family of 20 than poor parents of 1. If you can handle it and can (and want!) handle the job, then go for it!

    I am one of 4 and that is a tiny group in my family. I love big families. My dh's family never have more than 3-and they think 3 is too many! So we have some...disagreements there.
  18. SandyB

    SandyB AKA Southernbelle32

    Dec 1, 2006

    I totally agree!!! My daddy came from a 15 child family and they were loved very much!!
    I always wanted to have one more than my granny (16) but it wasn't meant to be! I'll have my first at the same age as my granny had her last!!! (39)!!! My baby uncle who was the last born (who is only 3 years older than me) thinks this is too funny! :)
  19. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    I was the youngest of 7. My father died when I was 4. My mother married a farmer who ha 8 adult childern when I was 8. He had about 40 grandkids and Mom had around 18. When we had a Thanksgiving dinner for the whole schmere, no one worried about where to sit. Finding a place to stand was enough hassle. When we were standing around 3 deep, we were cautious to not get behind my stepsisters gassy husband.