22 May 2012

They Do More Before They're Born Than Most People Do...

Comments after the jump.

 Nicholas Pickard, b. 1752
 Anna Pickard, b. 1754
 Maria Margaret Pickard, b. 1756
 John Pickard, b. 1766

 Nicholas Pickard, b. 1752
 Anna Pickard, b. 1754
 Maria Margaret Pickard, b. 1756
 John Pickard, b. 1766
 Maria Madgelena Pickard, b. 1784
 Charity Gertrude Pickard, b. 1785
 Adam Pickard, b. 1786
 Catherine Pickard, b. 1789
 Charity Gertrude Pickard, b. 1789
 Peter Pickard, b. 1791
 James Pickard, b. 1793
 Bartholomew Pickard, b. 1797
 Nancy Pickard, b. 1798
 Nicholas Pickard, b. 1799
 Sylvanus Pickard, b. 1800
 Abraham J. Pickard, b. 1801
 Henry Pickard, b. 1803
 Albert Pickard, b. 1807
 Porter Pickard, b. 1832

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A 20 year age difference is not that unusual IF both people have actually been born at the time of the marriage. Of course having children born to the marriage is much more likely if the husband is the one who is 20 years older. It also helps if a man has himself been born before he starts fathering children. And the mother? Yeah, it's a good idea if she's born before her kids are. It's also much easier on the mother if she's not giving birth at 65 years old after being a widow for 5 years. I'll spare you the necrophilia jokes and my ruminations on how she got pregnant with her husband's child 5 years after his death.
Do I need to say it? There are no sources attached except other trees. Of course they all have impeccable research so you should copy them. (Someone please create a sarcasm font!) According to some of those other trees Anna Rosina is the mother of John Pickard, others have her married to a different John Pickard/Pickart/Pickert, still others have her married to a different John and have them as parents of the above John.
Out of the first 200 trees to show up in search results for Anna Rosina Countryman one, ONE, has a record attached. (Another looks like it has a record attached but the record is One World Tree so that doesn't really count :-P) That one tree has one record, an SAR membership application. So maybe the person with that one record actually tried...

 JOHN PICKARD (????-1783) 
 Married in 1750        

 Conrad Pickard, b. 1727 
 Nicholas Pickard, b. 1752
 Anna Pickard, b. 1754
 Maria Margretha Pickard, b. 1756 
 Jacob Pickard, b. 1758
 Johannas Pickard, b. 1760
 Henry Pickard, b. 1760
 Isaac Pickard, b. 1762
 George Pickard, b. 1765
 John Pickard, b. 1766
 Hartman Pickard, b. 1770
 Jacob Pickard, b. 1772
 Conrad Pickard, b. 1774
 Maria Elizabeth Pickard, b. 1775
 Catherine Pickard, b. 1789
 Peter Pickard, b. 1790
 Adam Pickard, b. 1791
 James Pickard, b. 1794
 John Pickard, b. 1796
 Nancy Pickard, b. 1797
 Bartholomew Pickard, b. 1797
 Sylvanus Pickard, b. 1800
 Jacobus Pickard, b. 1801
 Henry Pickard, b. 1803
 Albert Pickard, b. 1807
 Abraham John Pickard, b. 1810

Or maybe that was wishful thinking on my part. Sigh.
So according to this second profile Anna Rosina's timeline looks something like this:

 AGE         EVENT
 -16          gave birth to first child
 0             was born herself
 7             got married
 9             gave birth to second child
 11           gave birth to third child
 13           gave birth to fourth child
 15 to 43   gave birth to 10 more children
 43           died
 46 to 67  continued to have children, TWELVE children

Four children by age 13, nowadays that would mean you get a reality show or you'd be locked up in the Mayo Clinic and studied. Seriously though, how do this many mistakes go unnoticed?!!?

Hat tip to Genette for the heads up about the first profile ;-)

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  1. This is my new favorite blog. I'm sure I have some dumb mistakes on my tree (I've found a few where I mistyped dates, etc.) but some of these just take the cake! Thanks for the laughs.

  2. Well, my great, great, great grandmother was even more impressive. She gave birth 96 years after her death. Or one of my distant relatives has that in her tree. Normally, we ignore those trees. In the case of my one family line, the person who has this teeny, tiny error (yes sarcasm fonts would be fabulous) claims to be the all knowing expert on that line, too. Mislabeled pictures even when people who knew the people said, no, this is not ancestor B it's ancestor A. And so the wrong information is spread into even more trees. Sigh.

    1. Yup. It used to make me want to throw things. I feel much better now that I vent a little and laugh at them ;-) I do wish there was a way to do something about it though. Maybe a voting system. If a tree gets a certain number of negative votes it gets pushed WAY down in search results and doesn't pop up in hints. Sigh, is right.