Saturday, June 19, 2010


It's Saturday night and time once more for Randy Seaver's Saturday
Night Genealogy Fun. at Genea-Musings! This week's challenge is 
"A Prolific Dad":

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.

Okay, the most prolific recent ancestor would be my 2x great grandfather
Amos Hastings Barker. He and Betsey Jane Moore Barker had twelve
children, six boys and six girls. But HIS great grandfather Jonathan
Barker had thirteen with Abigail (Mitchell) Barker, But three of those
died in infancy or at a very early age.

The Barkers were a prolific bunch and I really need to start tracing the
lines of my ancestors' siblings.

Pictured below are Amos and Betsey Barker at a picnic celebrating their
50th wedding anniversary along with their children and some grandchildren.

1 comment:

Susan Petersen said...

Prolific Fathers - what a topic? My great-great grandfather, Peter Jeremiasen is the first to come to mind. His children were Johan (1860), unnamed boy (1860), Mette (1864), Jens I (1866), Maren (1868), unnamed girl (1870), unnamed boy (1870), Jens II (1871), Karen (1874), unnamed boy (1875), Christian (1876), Peter (1876), unnamed boy (1877), Petrina (1879) and Peter (1883). Let's see - 15 in all! It's no wonder they had to recycle some of the names after a while. I think this is why they invented Mother's Day!