Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Okay, so I'm actually doing this on Saturday night for a change!!!

Here's Randy Seaver's challenge from Genea-Musings:

"Hey genea-funsters, it's Saturday Night! Time for more Genealogy Fun.

Your mission for Father's Day, if you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.

2) Tell us about him in your own blog post, in comments to this blog post, or in comments on Facebook."

This one was a "no-brainer" for me!

John Monroe Bean

The most prolific father in my ancestry was my own paternal grandfather, John Monroe Bean, who fathered fifteen children. [He lost his first two wives while young.] However, he didn't become a father until he was 30 years of age, and fathered his last child when he was 77 years of age!

John married [1] Blanche Crosier [1875-1902] in 1895, and fathered Rita, Lama and Pauline.

John married [2] Ada Burdette [1883-1929] in 1907, and fathered John, Emmette, Audrey, Margaret, Bill, Max, Eleanor, Eloise, and Jack.

John married [3] Mary Faudree [1898-1975] and fathered Walter, Edsel, and Roy.

Of the fifteen children, Margaret, Bill, Jack, Walter and Edsel are living.

Of the fifteen children three did not live to adulthood. Max died in 1923 at the age of 4 from whooping cough. Eloise died in 1925 at the age of 16 months from tuberculosis. And Roy died in 1946 at the age of 3 from a ruptured appendix.

One adult died young. Pauline died in 1925 at the age of 22 years and 11 months from tuberculosis.

All of the rest went on to marry and have families of their own.

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