I’ve discussed some modern large families, but John Brown is one a historical figure who also liked to procreate. Between two wives, the abolitionist and leader of the failed attempt to raid Harpers Ferry, Virginia (at the time; Harpers Ferry is now a part of West Virginia), had 19 children. Of course, that was back in the 1800s, so not all of the children lived to adulthood and having many children wasn’t uncommon for this reason. I’ve created a timeline courtesy of dipity.com showing the birth dates of John Brown’s many children. Brown was eventually executed for “committing treason agianst the Commonwealth of Virginia” on December 2, 1859 in Charles Town, Virginia. Some of Brown’s sons and daughters helped further the causes for the abolitionist movement and the Civil War.
I’m experiencing trouble getting my timeline embedded to this blog, so please visit it here.