Today I decided to do one of the prompts from Lisa Alzo's Fearless Females. "Make a list of your direct line maternal ancestors beginning with your mother. So you will list your mom, her mom, her mom's mom and so on, back as far as you can. Now figure out how many children each female ancestor had. Did the females in your direct maternal line tend to have the same numbers of children each generation? Did they have more? Less? Were they prolific or are there few children born to each woman? Is there a pattern emerging?"
|Doris & Kristin 1947|
My mother, Doris Graham Cleage, was born in Detroit Michigan in 1923. She gave birth two daughters. The oldest (me) was born when she was 23 in 1946. My sister was born in 1948 when my mother was 26. I had 6 children and my sister had 1.
|Fannie & Doris 1924|
|Jennie, Daisy, Fannie|
My maternal great grandmother, Jennie Virginia Allen Turner, was born in 1866 in Montgomery, AL. She gave birth to three daughters. The first two were born in Lowndes County. My grandmother was the oldest, born in 1888 when Jennie was 22. Daisy was born in 1890. In 1892 Jennie's husband died. She remarried and her youngest daughter was born in Montgomery, AL in 1908 when she was 42. Of her 3 daughters, only my grandmother had children.
My maternal 2X great grandmother, Eliza Williams Allen was born about 1839 in Alabama. She gave birth to 13 children. I know of 8 who survived to adulthood. All were born in Alabama. The oldest daughter was born while she was enslaved in 1856. She was about 17. The rest were born free in Montgomery, AL. The youngest was born in 1879 when Eliza was 40. Of Eliza's 6 daughters only the oldest, Mary had more than 3 children. Mary had 6.
Is there a pattern here? The women who were slaves had their first child earlier than their free descendents did. Several women had their last child in their early 40s. Eliza had the most children. I feel like I should make some sort of chart for the information here.
|Kris & oldest daughter, 1971|
I could not help adding this to the list. I was born in 1946. My oldest daughter was born in Detroit in 1970 when I was 23 years old. I birthed 4 more children, the youngest born in 1982 when I was 35. We adopted our youngest son when I was 41.
I have 4 daughters. The oldest has 3 children. Her oldest was born in 1998 when my daughter was 28. The youngest was born when she was 32. My 2nd daughter has twins that were born in 2003 when she was 27. My 4th daughter has 1 child born in 1999 when she was 20.
My sister had 1 daughter born in 1975. Her daughter has 4.5 children. The first was born in 2002 when she was 27. The youngest will be born this summer when she will be 39