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.
“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.”
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
He would have had more
But he lost his drive.”
“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 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