TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Large families were noticed in the past as well

During my genealogy research, the size of families always amazes me. Evidently, the number of children was also noticed in the past as evidenced by the following tombstones.

Canterbury, England:

“Mary Ann Phillips

Of children in all, she bore twenty-four;

Thank the Lord, there will be no more.”


Tennessee epitaph of the early part of the twentieth century

“Simon Jones has passed away

And gone to greater joys,

He leaves behind a yoke of steers,

Six hogs, and twenty boys.”


Moultrie, Georgia:

Here lies the father of twenty-nine,

He would have had more but he didn’t have time.”


Epitaph in small Alabama town:

“Here lies the Father

Of twenty-five:

He would have had more

But he lost his drive.”


Litchfield, Connecticut:

“Here lies the body of Mrs. Mary, wife of Deacon John Buel, Esq.

She died Nov 4th, 1768; aged 90—having had 13 children, 101 grandchildren;

147 great-grandchildren, and 49 Great-Great-Grand-children: Total 310

May she rest in peace.”

Alabama history and genealogy books

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Exploration: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 1) From the time of the discovery of America through the time of De Soto’s daring expedition, restless, resolute, and adventurous men crossed oceans in pursuit of their destiny.

Alabama Footprints – Exploration is a collection of lost and forgotten stories about the people who discovered and initially settled in Alabama.

Some stories include:

  • The true story of the first Mardi Gras in America and where it took place
  • The Mississippi Bubble Burst – how it affected the settlers
  • Did you know that many people devoted to the Crown settled in Alabama –
  • Sophia McGillivray- what she did when she was nine months pregnant
  • Alabama had its first Interstate in the early days of settlement

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By (author):  Donna R Causey

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. I noticed the picture of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL .
    Do you have any information on this college??
    This may have been the college my father attended around 1910 (before or after).
    Shannon Gardner Kelemen from Texas
    [email protected]

  2. Do you have any information on Crenshaw or Butler Counties??
    Those are the counties my parents, grandparents and many relatives lives
    in the 1800s and 1900s. I moved to another state in 1950; therefore, I am eager
    to learn all I can about my families background.
    Shannon Gardner Kelemen from Texas

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