"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."
I knew off the top of my head that there are several prolific fathers in my tree, so I started by looking at these directly.
- Asaph Stone (1786-1854) and Jane McFarlane (1793-1854) had 13 children.
- Daniel Greenleaf (1679-1763) and Elizabeth Gookin (1681-1762) also had 13 children.
- William Greenleaf (1725-1803) and Mary Brown (1728-1807) had 15 children, 13 of whom lived to adulthood.
- Josiah Franklin (1657-1745) who had 7 children with first wife Anne Child (d.1689) and 9 children with second wife Abiah Folger (1667-1752), for a total of 16 children.
- Archibald McCall (1727-1799) and Judith Kemble (b.1743) had 18 children.
Two of the McCall children married into the Cadwalader family. Archibald McCall (1767-1743) married Elizabeth Cadwalader, daughter of General John Cadwalader. Archibald's sister Mary McCall (1764-1848) married Colonel Lambert Cadwalader, John Cadwalader's younger brother. Mary McCall Cadwalader is my 4th great-grandmother.
Miniature of Archibald McCall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Additional sources on Archibald McCall and family:
- McCall, Ettie Tidwell,. McCall-Tidwell and allied families. Atlanta, Ga.: Published by the author, 1931. Online. Ancestry.com http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=11964 : 2010. [See p. 614]
- Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth. Heirlooms in Miniatures. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1898. Online. Internet Archive http://www.archive.org/details/heirloomsminiatu00whariala : 2010. [See page 12 for an illustration of the Archibald McCall miniature and page 14 for information on Archibald McCall.]