California Family with 22 Children

Story family of California in 1940 U.S. census
The Story family on the 1940 U.S. Census
Marion and Charlotte “Lottie” Story of Bakersfield, California, had at least 22 children — including five sets of twins — from 1922 to 1946. Seventeen of their kids are listed on the 1940 U.S. Census (at right).

I don’t know the names of all the Story children, but here are 20 of them: Jean, Jane, Jack, Jacqueline, June, Eileen, Clyde, Robert, James, Jeannette, Steve, Jerry, Terry (sometimes “Terrytown”), Charlotte, Scotty, Sherrie, Garry, Joanne, Frances (called Lidwina), and Monica (called Sandy).

Charlotte Story herself was one of a dozen children, born from 1899 to 1919. Her 11 siblings were named Pearl, George, Rhea, Hazel, Fern, Ira, Myrtle, Dorothy, Helen, Russell, and Viola.

And Charlotte’s mother Elsie was one of 13 children, born from 1865 to 1892. Her 12 siblings were named Edward, Levi, William, Frank, Rosa, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Archibald, Gertrude, and Emma.

So here’s the question: If you had to choose all of your own children’s names from just one of the sibsets above, which set would you pick? Why?

Sources: Charlotte M Lacount Story – Find A Grave, Elsie E Dubay LaCount – Find A Grave

10 thoughts on “California Family with 22 Children

  1. I’d probably go with the family of 13. The first family is a bit too J-heavy and the other family I only really like the name Ira. Family #3 has my favorites out of all the possibilities, Levi and Margaret, along with a few other decent choices.

  2. Charlotte ‘lottie” Story children’s names
    Twins Eileen and Arliene, Gary and Sherrie,James “Jimmy” and Jeanette, Jean and Jane
    There were two that died sbortly after birth i dont know the names

  3. Charlotte and Marion Story were also my grandparents. They had 22 children and I was the 22nd grandchild. I live about 15 minutes away from where the only identical twins (of the four sets they had) were born. But Eilene and Arlene were born in different counties. More specifically, on opposite ends of the “I” street bridge in Sacramento, which spans the Sacramento river, connecting Sacramento county, and Yolo county.

  4. My mom grew up with the Story kids, and named my older sister Lidwina, after Lidwina Story. I remember mom having a pamphlet/article about the family that had quite a number of pictures. My mom passed last year and I believe my dad got in touch with Lidwina about it. It’s nice to read all the comments on here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.