Friday, September 08, 2006

They're Proud of Prolific Progeny

Clyde and Ethel Higginson—residents of a retirement home in Sandy, Utah—made the evening news for having more descendants than anyone else in the home.

The Higginsons boast 12 children (from separate marriages), 64 grandchildren, and when you include all the posterity from those who married into the family, including all their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren - it equals 258. [Link]
They have a ways to go before they match the record of Samuel Mast of Pennsylvania, who reportedly was survived by 11 children, 97 grandchildren, 634 great grandchildren and 82 great great grandchildren—824 descendants in all.

Andy E. Wold

I'm pretty sure that my 3gg father, Benjamin Thomas Trotter Mitchell, didn't set any record, but was quite a bit more prolific than anyone you mentioned.

He had 7 wives (two who died after only having two children), 47 children, and 255 grandchildren. So far, I have traced over 13,000 descendants of this man who was born in 1816.

(Yes, he was a Mormon polygamist.)

Even Warren Jeffs, who was recently apprehended by the FBI, was one of 65 children of Rulon Jeffs.


If he lived long enough to see his great-great-grandchildren, he may well deserve the record. The only problem would be documentation--which should be no problem at all for an able genealogist like yourself.

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