Nov/Dec 2018 Biography Builders - Families with 10 children

+11 votes

Sorry for the delay in starting this month. Just a little distracted.

This month’s theme is families with 10 children, or more. One or both parents are eligible. And if one, or more, of the children also had 10 children, WOW.

Thank you for your support.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • One of the suggestions was siblings. I think this takes up real estate.
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories/Projects.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page, linked below.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

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WikiTree profile: Space:Biography_Builders
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (197k points)
edited by Bob Keniston

Other sources like The Catholic Encyclopaedia though out of date still covers their biographies fairly acceptably.

Please answer below the name of the Pope whose profile you have chosen. 

I think you forgot to update your post???

Should we do bios just for the parents of the ten+ kids or bios for the parents AND for each of the children? My husband has a huge family with several generations having 10+ kids. This might be a busy bio-writing month for me! :D

Parents (if they are both the parents of 10 or more) only. If any of the children have 10 or more, do them also, if you can.


If you do a bio with sources for 10 or more children and DO NOT make the 10+ children's profiles, please add [[Category:Needs Profiles Created]] to the top of it to signify it contains info to build more profiles.

oh my, if I were to try to keep track of how many I do that qualify, I'd be here all day.  But have fun all.  laugh

21 Answers

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Just did my first with 10 children--Gideon Long. Added a profile for one of the ten: Gideon Long (Jr.). Now tell me if answering here and adding category suggested by Steve is all I need to record.

I know I have more; will look.
by Marj Adams G2G6 Mach 3 (36.8k points)
selected by Joelle Colville-Hanson

The 10 children challenge is over. New challenges start on the 15th of the month. The current one, Dec/Jan, is for people who died in December.

+8 votes
There should be some profiles that can be done.

1. Lucy Jane Robins

2. Henry Marks

3. Christina Claas

4. William Claas
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Mach 5 (51.4k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
+7 votes
Been waiting for this, but appreciate that everyone is busy doing other things on WikiTree. I'll be do some again this month.

1.  Sourced christening, added parents and siblings. Her husband already has biography.
2.  Sourced christening and marriage, added census information.
3. Sourced birth and death record, added census information. Identified name of parents.
4. Sourced christening and burial. Added biography. Wife already has biography.
5. Sourced marriage, added census information. Added biography.
6. Sourced marriage, death and census information. added parents.
7. Sourced christening, marriage and death, added census information. Sourced divorce. Added Biography.
8. Sourced christening, two marriages and death. Sourced divorce. Added parents and second husband.
9. Sourced unsourced profile
10. Added more sources and biography.
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 9 (92k points)
edited by Joan Whitaker
+7 votes
  1. Thomas Perkins (11 children) 
  2. Alice Kebble Perkins (wife of Thomas Perkins - unknown parents)
  3. Isaac Perkins (11 children with 2 wives)
  4. Abraham Perkins (13 children) - I worked on this for FIVE DAYS... the bio has been significantly improved, existing sources checked and new ones added, but the profile is not "genealogically defined" and will probably never be.
  5. Mary Wythe Perkins (wife of Abraham)
  6. Josiah Perkins (13 children)
  7. Deborah Bennett Perkins (wife of Josiah)
  8. Joshua Perkins (13 children)
  9. Hannah Sampson Perkins (wife of Joshua)
  10. Gideon Perkins (13 children with 2 wives)
  11. Cornelius Perkins (10 children)
  12. Mary Barrows Perkins (wife of Cornelius, unknown parents)
  13. Francis Anthony Mosblech (12 children) and
  14. Rose Mary Kalt Mosblech
  15. Edward Mosblech (15 children) and
  16. Magdalena Elker Mosblech
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen
+7 votes

Exactly 10 children or families with 10 or more children?

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (987k points)
10 or more, exactly. LOL

1. Reinhold Abendschon [Abendschon-9] - 14 kids! He's been a work in progress for a while, I just did some polishing up on it and will finish it this week.  As it stands now, it is genealogically defined.

+6 votes

I can do some! Just figured out I have 180 people who had 10 or more children, so I think I'll have plenty to work on!

  1. John M. Anderson - 11 children with 2 wives
  2. Benjamin Lippincott Coles - 17 children with 2 wives
  3. Sophia Gergensen - 12 children, Benjamin's 2nd wife
  4. Absalom Davis - 12 children
  5. Priscilla Williams - 12 children, Absalom's wife
  6. Simon Rafael Babin - 13 children
  7. Marguerite Appoline Landry - 13 children, Simon's wife
  8. Marie Therese Ritter - 11 children
  9. Antoine Ritter - 11 children, 2 wives
by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 8 (80.3k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
+5 votes
I am in this month.

1.  Johan Philip Brentz 1709 - 1794. My 5x great grandfather.  12 children.

2.  George Washington Short  1811 - 1886. My great great grandfather. 10 children.

3.  Minne Ellen Wine (Short) 1891 - 1966 My grandmother.  13 children.

4.  John Henry Short 1877 - 1973. My grandfather.  13 children.

5.  Waite Sherman (Lee) 1743 - 1833 7x great grandmother.  10 children.

6.  Thomas Lee 1739 - 1814 7x great grandfather.  10 children.

7.  Abraham Showalter 1791 - 1870 4x great grandfather.  11 children.

8. Cornelius Merry, Jr. 1666 - 1760  7x great grandfather.  10 children.

9. Joseph Benham 1685 - 1754 7x great grandfather.  18 children.

10.  Asa Hastings 1751 - 1836 6x great grandfather.  10 children.

11.  Moses Sanborn 1716 - 1807  7x great grandfather.  15 children.

12.  William Starbuck 1748 - 1837  5x great grandfather.  11 children

13.  Nathaniel Starbuck, Jr. 1668 - 1753  8x great grandfather  10 children

14.  Dinah Coffin 1674 - 1750  8x great grandmother  10 children

15.  William Worth 1694 - 1777 7x great grandfather 11 children
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (186k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert
+5 votes

I've been working on a couple who had 8 children...of the 6 surviving children, three went on to have large families - one had 11, and two had 8 each!

1) Robert Edward Phillpott had 11 children. His daughter Mary Ann had 9 from her marriage - so close! Added census information.Genealogically defined

2) his wife Mary Ann Ford added census information, Genealogically defined

This has been a very interesting family to work on, including a grand niece who was a bigamist, and a niece who was a madam in a brothel (her husband was running it)!

3) I'm going to try to add a bit more to Edward Smith who had 10 children . Tabulated census info. created profiles for children. Genealogically defined

and his wife

4) Mary Solley Added census info. Genealogically defined

and their daughter

5) Sarah Smith who also had 10 children - added profiles for children and husband, tabulated census details

6) John Kemp - added marriage, list of children, census, burial, categories and research notes explaining how I worked out the most probable parents

and another daughter 

7) Mary Smith who had at least 10 children. Added census and genealogically defined - added profiles for husband and children

8) John Sutton husband of Mary Smith - Added baptism, marriage, death & census and list of children and genealogically defined

These next two I've pretty much done to death ...if anyone has any ideas on what I can do to improve or add to them (I'm looking at adding DNA data) please let  me know

9) John Mitchell  added transcript of Army Discharge documentation, added DNA research

and his wife

10) Harriet Shaw who had 12 children and their son

11) James Henry Mitchell  added extra photo, added DNA research

and his wife 

12) Jane Rufus  who had 10 children - tabulated census details

 and their son

13) James Douglas Mitchell who had 13 children - added UK census & profiles for children

14) William Thomas Curnick and his wife

15) Emma Morgan

who had 10 children and one adopted child

n.b. William Thomas was himself one of 13 children, but I don't think I can do any more to his parent's profiles

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes
+5 votes
Here are some of mine:-

* John Franklyn-133 17 children

*ElizabethPurefoy-77  17 children

*Joseph Finch-2948  11 children

*Susannah Nicoll-493  11 children

*Thomas Gaines-1386  11 children

*Helen Leadbeater-90   11 children

*Soloman Hicks-8936   10 children

by Valerie Crowley G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)
+5 votes
I can do some this month and next. Just came home from a research trip and brought lots of info about very large families in my lines!
by Pam Smith G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)
UPDATE - So I checked in my software and came up with 24 (!!) - and I only looked through the A's, B's and C's. So, I'll work on (Edited 12/21/2018 - I'll try to do a few more this next week)

James Nathaniel Allen

Robert Anderson

James Henry Anderson

John Anderson

Peter Anderson

Peter DAniel Anderson

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

William Henry Anderson

Henry C Arnold

Michael Ashford

Edward Ball

Joh Moses Clatterbuck

Thomas Cockrill

Clay Conn - completed 12/7

George William Conn - completed 11/19

James Greenway Conn

Jerrard Trammel Conn

John Fields Conn -completed 11/20

Sidney Boon Conn - completed 11/26

Allen Conlin Conn - completed 12/3

Flavious Joseph Conn - completed 11/22

George Conn and

John Field Conn - completed 11/22
+4 votes
I've got a couple of possibilities in my family to start off with - my great grandmother had eleven (granddad had an extra one to make twelve).  The only full daughter had ten kids.
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 7 (76.7k points)
+3 votes
Will take a look at as 1 of his 20 children is missing.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 9 (94.2k points)
+3 votes
I'll do some...i know I have people in my ancestry that had huge families.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (661k points)
+3 votes
I'm in when I hit them on my watchlist of adopted profiles (adopted over a thousand last month and 98% need biographies AND sources).
by T Counce G2G6 Mach 6 (62.1k points)
+4 votes
i think i'll do some in my family tree. My grandparents had 10 kids. and quite a few of the generations above it. Catholic families were expected to procreate. When a women wasn't pregnant after having had a child more than two years before and still in her childbearing years, the local priest would pop up to ask why.

A lot of them married quite late  (late twenties, early 30's) just to keep the families smaller. They still managed to get large families.
by Eef van Hout G2G6 Mach 5 (58.2k points)
Did one with 17 chidren (3 sets of twins included): {Broeckmans-2 and Brust-142)
+3 votes
Found one set in my family

1. GG Granddad Edward and his wife

2. my GG Grandmother  Frances known to have had 11 children in the 23 years of their marraige only 7 survived to adulthood

3. Ralph had two wives and 18 children - Add categories and probate record still needs more work

4. His son George had 19 children Added details made in his fathers will linked to probated record. Added categories. Needs more work

5. Daughter Mary had 11 children. Added categories to profile. Clean up post merge data. Added details regarding her inheritance from her father. Need more work
by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
edited by Janet Wild
+2 votes

I have so many 10+ children families. Here goes.

1. Mary (Harrington) Hammond 10 children

2. Lydia (Harrington) Cutter 11 children

3. Jonas Harrington 10 children 

4. Josiah Harrington  13 children

5. Josiah Harrington 10 children

6. Silas Harrington 12 children

7. Elijah Harrington 12 children

8. Mary (Harrington) Bemis 14 children

by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (197k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
+2 votes
by E. Peterson G2G2 (2.1k points)
+2 votes
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Anne B
0 votes

I would like to attempt one or two before the month ends. 17 children 

by Randy Conn G2G6 (7.1k points)
edited by Randy Conn
I believe the bio builders challenges start and end on the 15th of each month. There's a new one now...people who died in Dec.
Oh darn. I was all excited about the ten children

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