One Family with Six Living Generations

Can anyone match this? Until his death at the age of 103 a few days ago, Donald Cask Kirk of Utah was the patriarch of a family with 6 living generations. He had 7 children (with several of them still living), 37 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Donald Cask Kirk’s obituary may be found at:

My thanks to newsletter reader W David Samuelsen for telling me about this story.


Well, I am only 84 and already have 5 generations of descendants with only 2 children

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    Good work, Ken! Stick around and you may beat Donald Kirk. But would welcome an article about you too!


    Going the other direction, 6 generations back for me is my GGG grandfather who was born in 1768 (still a British subject) and died 1848, a U.S. citizen. Therefore not conducive to 6 generations being alive.


Rare enough, though quite feasible – 20 years between generations on average if the progenitor reaches 100. I have given Donald Kirk a page on Familypedia. Thanks for the tip-off.


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