Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Children/Grandchildren for your birth surname

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was about Thanksgiving again, and since I have lived in Australia all my life, I have never celebrated thanksgiving, so I have chosen another mission this week. Last week I looked at children/grandchildren on the matrilineal line, so this week, I decided to do the same for my birth surname.

1) My father, Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009) had 8 children – his first wife was pregnant when she died, which would make 9 children.  He also had 2 stepsons from his third marriage.  He has 3 grandchildren from his first marriage, as well as 14 grandchildren he shares with mum.   He has 3 step grandchildren that I have met, but his stepsons had other children from previous marriages, and they may well have more children since we lost touch after their mother and my dad separated.

My grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) had 5 children and 8 grandchildren.  One of his sons and his wife couldn’t have children of their own, so they adopted 2 children, bringing the grandchildren to 10.

My great grandfather, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) had 12 children and 25 grandchildren (and 1 adopted grandchild, 1 stillborn grandchild).

My 2x great grandfather, Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902) had 10 children and 31 grandchildren (1 daughter married a widower with 6 children from his first marriage).

My 3x great grandfather, William Whimpey (1789-1870) had 9 children and 45 grandchildren.

My 4x great grandfather, Joseph Wimpey (1761-1790) had 5 children and 14 grandchildren.

My 5x great grandfather, John Wimpey (1710-1780) had 8 children and 15 grandchildren.

My 6x great grandfather, Thomas Wimpey (1678-1726) had 5 children. At this stage, I only have 8 grandchildren – those of his son John.

2) I use Legacy, so to find the number of grandchildren I ran a Descendant Book report for 2 generations.  Since it was easy to lose track counting, I used the report to get the number of children for each child, and then entered the names of the children in one column in Excel, and then the total children for that child into another column, and then added these totals together for the total grandchildren.

3) I have researched this line of my family reasonably thoroughly.  The family have been traced back to the mid-1500s in Frome, Somerset, England, to when Parish Registers were first kept.  At this stage, I have had to rely on online transcriptions of the Parish Registers for the early generations.

The latest 3 generations, there were 25 children, so an average of 8.33 children.  In the other 5 generations, there were 37 children, so an average of 7.4 children.

There was a total of 62 children for the 8 generations, so an average of 7.75 children.  There was a total of 163 grandchildren for the 8 generations, which is an average of 20.375 grandchildren.