09 March 2011

6 March Birthdays in the Same Family?

If this is true, then I feel sorry for Richard and Mary McGee as six of their seven children had March birthdays.  Or is it that there were too many birthdays to keep track off, or maybe the enumerator got confused.  Here is what I know to be true.

My paternal great-great grandfather Richard McGee and his second wife, Mary May McGee had seven children.

The Canada Births and Baptisms 1661-1957 database at familysearch.org shows:
  • Annie Eliza "Mabel" McGee-Birth:  11 March 1883
  • Samuel Zacariah McGee-Birth:  12 July 1885
  • Hibernia Sarah McGee-Birth 24 March 1888
  • Edna May McGee-Birth 9 March 1893
In addition, the 1901 Census of Canada shows:
  • Margaret 'Maggie' McGee-Birth 24 March 1881 (The 1881 Census of Canada lists that she was born within the last year in March)
  • Laura Myrtle McGee-Birth 11 March 1889
  • William McGee-Birth 24 March 1899
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find better sources for the above three.  Their marriage records don't show a birth date.  What are the chances that three of the children have a birth date of March 24th?  and two others have a March 11th birthdate?  I am confident that four of the seven children have March birthdays, but would love to have a better source for Laura and William.  Either way- four March birthdays, or six, makes for a busy month of celebrations.  I bet Samuel enjoys his birthday in July, he doesn't have to share it with anyone.


  1. I've always been intrigued when I come across close birthdays in my family tree. I have to admit, though, that I've never came across your situation. Other than my grandfather and his father, I can't think of any ancestors that shared birthdays with an immediate family member.

  2. I did a double take when I saw this. I figure they either had a one big party or barely little.