Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Children Did Your Ancestors Have

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’s mission was:

1)  Thinking about your direct ancestors back through 2nd great-grandparents – in other words, ancestors #2 to #31 on your pedigree chart – how many children did they have?  How many lived long enough to marry?  How many died before age 10?


2)  Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.

Here’s mine:

#2-3; Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009) and Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990) – 6 daughters (5 married), 1 died under 10 years

#4-5; John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) and Ivy May Harley (1890-1959) – 4 sons (4 married) 1 daughter (1 married) – 0 died under 10 years

#6-7; Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955) and Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948) – 2 daughters (1 married), 1 son (not married) – 0 died under 10 years

#8-9; Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) and Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906) – 9 sons (7 married), 3 daughters (2 married), 1 died under 10 years, 1 died at 10 years

#10-11; Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949) – 3 sons (2 married), 3 daughters (2 married) – 0 died under 10 years

#12-13; Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951) – 6 sons (6 married), 4 daughters (2 married) – 0 died under 10 years

#14-15; Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925) – 2 sons (0 married), 2 daughters (2 married) – 0 died under 10 years

#16-17; Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902) and Margaret Price (1816-1901) – 4 sons (3 married), 4 daughters (3 married) – 3 died under 10 years

#18-19; Henry Sharp (1826-1892) and Jane Oldroyd (1828-1902) – 2 sons (1 married), 3 daughters (3 married) – 1 died under 10 years

#20-21; Robert Harley (1817-1891) and Euphemia Dandie (1824-1902) 3 sons (3 married), 7 daughters (6 married) – 1 died under 10 years

#22-23; Thomas Henry Russell (1844-1892) and Maria Louisa Doyle (1846-1925) 7 sons (4 married), 3 daughters (2 married) – 3 died under 10 years

#24-25; James Marr (1827-1899) and Martha Richardson (1827-1882) , 8 sons (5 married), 5 daughters (3 married) – 4 died under 10 years

#26-27; William John Reeves (1829-1888) and Mary Gill (1829-1903), 2 sons (2 married), 3 daughters (3 married) – 0 died under 10 years

#28-29; Alfred Docwra (1824-1903) and Mary Scott (1830-1885), 6 sons (3 married), 4 daughters (3 married) – 2 died under 10 years

#30-31; George Oliver (1846-1930) and Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909), 4 sons (4 married), 6 daughters (5 married) – 1 died under 10 years

So there are 61 male children and 44 married, and 56 female children and 43 married.  

There were 15 families in this study, so the average was 7.8 children per family, and 5.8 children that married per family.

1 family had 3 children, 1 family had 4 children, 3 families had 5 children, 1 family had 6 children, 1 family had 8 children, 5 families had 10 children, 1 family had 12 children, 1 family had 13 children.

My parents’ generation averaged 6 children (and 1 died before age 10), my grandparents generation averaged 4.0 children (and 0.5 died before age 10), my great-grandparents generation averaged 8.0 children (and .25 died before age 10), and my 2nd great-grandparents generations averaged 8.875 children (and 1.875 died before age 10).

Update: Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price actually had 10 children in total, but I only have records for 8 – according to their second last daughter Sarah’s birth certificate, they had 2 sons and 2 daughters living, and 3 sons and 1 daughter deceased. There are 2 sons who died young that I have found no records for.

One thought on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Children Did Your Ancestors Have

  1. Your ancestors had some larger families – more than six children. Many of mine were much smaller.

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