14 Children in 7 years – Mom says: "These are the dearest little things"

Sunday September 29, 1901 Josephine Ormsby (1871-) gave birth to children number eleven, twelve, thirteen and fourteen – three boys and one girl.

The proud mother Josephine Ormsby said “These are the dearest little things” as she was “propped up in the bed with the three boys in her arms and the little girl lying crosswise at the foot of the bed.”

What a terrific family scene – and what a find in GenealogyBank for the Ormsby family history.

Here they are a few years later in a 1910 photograph: Front row, from left – William, Theodore, Edith, John, George & Helen; 2nd row, Mrs. Josephine Ormsby, and Daisy. (Photo courtesy – Library of Congress American Memory Project LC No. #ichicdn n005169)

This article (Pawtucket Times2 Oct 1901) not only describes the other children – but gives their dates of birth too.

Nov 1, 1896 – twins, one died: Daisy Ormsby survived
Sep 19, 1897 – twins, both died
Sep 24, 1899 – triplets: Carter Harrison Ormsby died; Helen Gould Ormsby and George Dewey Ormsby – survived.
and lastly:
Sep 29, 1901 – quadruplets: Edith Viola Ormsby, John Studebaker Ormsby, Theodore Roosevelt Ormsby and William Hearst Ormsby.

According to the article the mother was herself “one of a set of triplets”!

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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One thought on “14 Children in 7 years – Mom says: "These are the dearest little things"

  1. Wow! My husband would have left home! LOL!
    GenealogyBank has been an invaluable tool in my research, but I’ve never found an article as wonderful as that one!
    I did find my g-g-grandfather’s death date after 20 years of looking, thanks to Genealogy Bank, though!

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