Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Most Prolific Father

Randy Seaver’s SNGF challenge this week (and yes, I realize I’m two days late) is to:

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.

This one was easy for me.  John D. Wilfong Whitener, my 4th-great-grandfather.  The man had three wives and 22 children.  Yes, 22.  He is a significant contributor to the number of Whiteners that I have in my database, all of whom I’ve entered manually.  I’m still working on his grandchildren.

Descendant List of John (Johannes) D. Wilfong “Shooting Match”” WHITENER

1-John (Johannes) D. Wilfong “Shooting Match”” WHITENER-1541 (1784-before 11 December 1855)

+Magdalena “Molly” MULL-1744 (27 January 1782-1853)

. . . . 2-Elizabeth WHITENER-118 (about 1803-between 1860 and 1870)

. . . . 2-Mary WHITENER-119 (1806-22 August 1861)

. . . . 2-Anna WHITENER-170 (1808-9 October 1880)

. . . . 2-Polly WHITENER-171 (about 1812-after 1880)

. . . . 2-Jacob WHITENER-172 (about 1815-)

. . . . 2-Anthony WHITENER-173 (1816-)

+Mary Margaret “Polly” MILLER-1745 (1793-after 1880)

. . . . 2-John Wilfong WHITENER Jr.-174 (1818-18 February 1876)

. . . . 2-Catharine M. WHITENER-175 (11 October 1818-29 April 1866)

. . . . 2-Logan Henry WHITENER-177 (about 1820-1876)

. . . . 2-Sarah Salome WHITENER-176 (11 February 1820-24 November 1857)

. . . . 2-Rhoda Salina WHITENER-178 (7 February 1822-8 February 1900)

. . . . 2-Wesley Jones WHITENER-179 (21 October 1823-14 July 1887)

. . . . 2-Hiram Anthony WHITENER-180 (March 1825-20 March 1899)

. . . . 2-William Jethro WHITENER-181 (9 January 1826-15 April 1901)

+Margaret DELLINGER-1540 (1794-after 24 June 1860)

. . . . 2-Abraham WHITENER-115 (1822-1860)

. . . . 2-Alfred Thomas WHITENER-116 (14 September 1825-29 October 1906)

. . . . 2-Martin WHITENER-1925 (1827-1860)

. . . . 2-Michael WHITENER-1919 (about 1829-between 1875 and December 1879)

. . . . 2-Susannah Barbara WHITENER-117 (1832-1857)

. . . . 2-Phillip B. WHITENER-1529 (1833-1865) – this is my line

. . . . 2-Davidson WHITENER-1920 (about 1834-about 1853)

. . . . 2-Margaret Caroline WHITENER-1921 (18 September 1838-after 1860)

If you paid attention to those dates, you probably noticed that some of these children overlapped.  He was still having children with his second wife, Polly Miller, until 1826 and yet he had children with his third wife, my 4th-great-grandmother, Margaret Dellinger, in 1822 and 1825.  John was brought up on charges of adultery with Margaret Dellinger.  Polly Miller’s brother was in court the day that John was brought up on charges.

John divorced his first two wives, but he appears to have stuck it out with Margaret.  They were still together in 1850, the last census that he appeared on before his death in 1855.

Oh, and by the way, John was a Baptist minister.  I think the irony speaks for itself.

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