Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Generations Did Your Parents or Grandparents Know?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Miriam Robbins wrote a wonderful post today about her grandson playing with a toy first used by Miriam's great-grandfather - see Seven Generations for the details.

2)  So how many generations of family did you know, or your parents, or your grandparents, know?  Ancestors and descendants.  

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link with your response.

Here's mine:

a)  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), knew:

*  His great-grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).
*  His grandmother, Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920)
*  His father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
*  His siblings (born 1901-1917).
*  His three sons (born 1943-1955)
*  His four grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

b)  My mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), knew:

*  Her great-grandmother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931)
*  Her grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944)
*  Her father, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
*  Her self (no siblings)
*  Her three sons (born 1943-1955).
*  Her four grandchildren (born 1974, 1976, 1976 and 1978)
*  One of her great-grandchildren (born 1997; the others born after she died)

c)  My paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), knew:

*  His great-grandmother, Sophia (Buck) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882)
*  His grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).
*  His mother, Harriet (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920)
*  His siblings (born 1878)
*  His six children (born 1901-1917)
*  Some of his grandchildren (born 1926-1955)

d)  My paternal grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), knew:

*  Her grandfather, James Richmond (1821-1912)
*  Her father, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
*  Her siblings.
*  Her six children (born between 1901 and 1917).
*  All 11 of her grandchildren (born between 1926 and 1955).
*  Some of her 20 great-grandchildren (born 1947-1978).

e)  My maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), knew:

*  His grandfather, David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902)
*  His father, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
*  His self (no siblings)
*  His child (born in 1919).
*  His 3 grandchildren (born in 1943-1955).
*  Two of his 4 great-grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

f)  My maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), knew:

*  Her father, Charles Auble (1849-1916)
*  Her self (no siblings)
*  Her child (born in 1919)
*  Her 3 grandchildren (born in 1943-1955).
*  Three of her 4 great-grandchildren (born 1974-1978)

g)  Me (born 1943)

*  My great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
*  My grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
*  My mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002)
*  My siblings.
*  My two children (born 1974-1976)
*  My five grandchildren (born 2003-2014).

Emily did have two grandparents live past her birth date in 1899, but they resided in Ontario and Illinois, and I doubt that she met them.

So the most seems to be SEVEN - my mother "knew" seven generations.  Myself, my father and three of my grandparents knew six, and one grandparent knew five.   There is hope that I will meet my great-grandchildren.  

Obviously, you have to live a long time to know your great-grandchildren, and have a great-grandparent who lived past your own birth to get to seven.  It will be interesting if anyone comes up with eight.

Thank you, Miriam, for the challenging question.  


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Unknown said...

I knew my mother's mother, Edith Hutchison. Unfortunately, I did not know anyone beyond her. Both my grandfathers and paternal grandmother died before I was born. However, I feel fortunate to have several, I've lost track of the number, great great nieces and nephews. And there are more coming. I won't list the names of the living to protect their privacy.

It's amazing that I know of families today with six generations living.

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's mine:

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my link:

With some fairly early deaths, my generations are limited to six, through my mother and maternal grandmother.

Sarah Bell said...

This was a fun assignment. I had the pleasure of knowing two of my great-grandparents into my childhood, with another two passing away only a short time after my birth.

My blog post is here: