Generations Today

It’s not unusual to see a five-generation picture in the local paper, a proud great-great-grandmother holding the new arrival. Although not a directly connected descent from each generation, the Blackburn family currently has descendants living in TEN generations – yes, TEN generations.

The immigrant John Blackburn was born about 1675 in Ireland, he being the first generation to come to North America. Today there is actually still one known descendant living from the 6th generation – one great-great-great-grandchild. There are also two identified descendants living in the 15th generation – 12th great-grandchildren of the immigrant. That’s TEN generations alive today.

The 7th generation is also represented today, but in few numbers. Of the 14,958 descendants identified in that generation, there are only 51 still alive today. Living 7th generation descendants were born as early as 1917 and as late as 1962 – so the 7th generation will be around for a while.