#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Large

I thought about trying to find the largest family in the family tree, and a quick search showed 14 children in the family of John Raney and Mary Anna Yaden, on my husband’s side. Among my ancestors, I found 13 children in the family of John Jurdan Cooper and Arminta Stephens. These appear to be the largest number of children born to one couple.

But then I thought, “Naw. I want something fun.”

So here it is: a couple of large catches, what we call here in the South a mess of fish.

Grandma Cook and her son-in-law caught a mess of fish.

Grandma Cook and her son-in-law caught a mess of fish in 1972. Her church kept the photo and a typed transcript of the caption, in their scrapbook.






Article on how the fish are biting

William Hahn and friends landed 100 white trout and got their names in the paper in 1957.


About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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