Randy’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge over at GeneaMusings.com asks us to write about our ancestor who had the most children. It’s funny because I’ve been working on the line of my most prolific ancestor, Miguel do Monte who had 21 children.
Who was Miguel do Monte?
Miguel is my 6th great grandfather. He was the son of Bartolomeu da Costa and Barbara de Paiva. He was born around 1690 in Achadinha, a village on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores.
Miguel was married three times:
Wife #1: Maria Furtada m. 17 Jan 1717
Wife #2: Maria da Costa m. 5 Nov 1725
Wife #3: Tereza Furtada m. ca 1744
How Many Children By Which Wife?
Miguel first wife was Maria Furtada. Miguel and Maria had four children.
Children with Wife #1
- Maria b. 10 Dec 1716
- Manoel b. 15 Mar 1719
- Andre b. 3 Mar 1722
- Jozeph b. 16 Nov 1723
All of these children were born in Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island which is where Maria was from
Maria died in 9 Aug 1725 in Achada.
Miguel was most…ummm…active…with wife #2, Maria da Costa.
Children with wife #2
- Antonia, b. 21 Nov 1726
- Francisca I, b. Mar 1728
- Miguel, b. May 1730 (my ancestor)
- ??? do Monte (male), b. 16 Jun 1730
- Francisca II, b. 17 Jan 1733
- Manoel, b. 30 Apr 1734
- Felicia, b. 22 Sep 1736
- Roza, twin, b. 28 Aug 1743
- Maria, twin, b. 28 Aug 1743
- Anna, b. unknown
- Antonio, b. unknown
All but Francisca II were born in Achada. She was born in Achadinha.
Now we get to wife #3, Tereza Furtada. Miguel and Tereza married soon after his second wife died. Keep that in mind because in 1744 all of Miguel’s children from his second marriage were unmarried and most likely living at home.
Children with wife #3
- Margarida I, b. 21 Aug 1745
- Rosa, b. 17 Nov 1746
- Margarida II, b. 3 May 1748
- Joam, b. 15 Jul 1752
- Izidorio, b. 4 Mar 1755
- Barbara, b. 23 1758
I’ve only been able to track down the marriages of 5 of his 21 children thus far.
Miguel Lived into His 70s, But What About His Wives?
My 6th great grandfather died 16 Jul 1764. He was probably 72-73 years old.
His wives were not so fortunate.
Maria Furtada was only about 30 at her time of death.
Maria da Costa was probably just pushing 40 when she passed away.
Tereza Furtada died at the age of 45.
Given the dates of birth of the children and the death dates of the first two wives, my guess is they died in childbirth.
Tereza’s story is different. She died 4 years after her last child was born. I’m venturing a guess here, but maybe she was plumb worn out.
She was raising 7+ children from Miguel’s second marriage. Then, she had 6 more of her own. I wouldn’t be surprised if she died from exhaustion.
Are These Where Some of My DNA Matches Come From?
Every time I try to figure out my Azorean DNA matches I think of Miguel do Monte. 21 children…even if only the 5 that I have found marriages for had children, that’s a heck of a lot of descendants since the 1700s!
Just think, they could be spread all over the world by now.
If your ancestor is Miguel do Monte born in Achadinha around 1692, tell me about it in the comments. We’re cousins!
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