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Parents

  • Garrett Floyde Ruark, December 7, 1924 - June 18, 2010 (aged 85)
  • Ethel Marie Ruark (née Hardin), February 19, 1927 - August 11, 1991 (aged 64)
    • Garrett and Ethel were married on April 21, 1943.
      • They remained married until Ethel's death in 1991.

Children

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Pamela Ethel June 14, 1944 (1944-06-14) (age 78) Married to Jerry Peters. They have 4 children.
2 Freda Louise October 4, 1948 -
December 4, 2015 (aged 67)
Divorced from Thomas Benderman. They have 3 children.
3 Evelyn Alice December 27, 1950 (1950-12-27) (age 71) Partnered with Sharon Callahan.
4 Kathie Ann September 13, 1952 -
March 14, 2013 (aged 60)
Married to Richard Arnold. They have 2 children.
5 Garrett Floyde, Jr. June 26, 1954 (1954-06-26) (age 68) Married to Cindy Wiggins. They have 1 child.
6 Carolyn Ann November 21, 1961 (1961-11-21) (age 60) Married to John Hutchins. They have 2 children.
7 Michelle Annette September 13, 1966 (1966-09-13) (age 55) Married to Jim Bob Duggar. They have 19 children.

Extended family

Pamela's family

Pamela married Jerome Douglas Peters (December 27, 1943 (1943-12-27) (age 78)) on June 20, 1962. They have four children.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Douglas Wayne May 5, 1965 (1965-05-05) (age 57) Married to Theresa Peters. They have 2 children.
2 Timothy Dwayne October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17) (age 55) Married to Beth Peters. They have 4 children.
3 William Benjamin November 1, 1971 (1971-11-01) (age 50) Married to Angela Peters. They have 4 children.
4 Jason Scott December 29, 1976 (1976-12-29) (age 45) Married to Kristina Peters. They have 6 children.

Doug's family

Doug married Theresa Lynn Edwards (September 18, 1966 (1966-09-18) (age 55) on June 25, 1989. They have 2 children, 1 of whom is deceased.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Tyler Douglas November 11, 1991 - July 7, 2013 (aged 21) Died after being killed in a car accident by a drunk driver.
2 Leah Danielle September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) (age 27) Married to Michael Alford. They have 2 children.

Tim's family

Tim married Elizabeth Ann Drake (September 4, 1970 (1970-09-04) (age 51)) on July 8, 1993. They have 4 children.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Katherine Elizabeth October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19) (age 26)
2 Elizabeth Frances September 9, 1996 (1996-09-09) (age 25)
3 Annie Marie September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17) (age 24)
4 Elise Caroline September 28, 1998 (1998-09-28) (age 23)

Will's family

Will married Angela Dawn Wiggins (November 2, 1976 (1976-11-02) (age 45)) on July 8, 1995. They have 4 children.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Lucas Daniel September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12) (age 24) Married to Taylor Ponder. They have 2 children.
2 Jacob Edward June 1, 1999 (1999-06-01) (age 23)
3 Evan Lawrence September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) (age 20)
4 Emily Angela April 28, 2005 (2005-04-28) (age 17)

Jason's family

Jason married Kristina Maria Manzo (September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27) (age 46)) on July 15, 1995. They have 6 children.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Ana Lyn March 14, 1996 (1996-03-14) (age 26) Fraternal twin sister of Breanna.
2 Breana Amber March 14, 1996 (1996-03-14) (age 26) Fraternal twin sister of Ana.
3 Michaela Olivia January 1, 1998 (1998-01-01) (age 24)
4 Jordan Scott March 25, 2000 (2000-03-25) (age 22)
5 Jamesetta Meredith October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26) (age 19)
6 Anthony Wayne September 5, 2004 (2004-09-05) (age 17)

Freda's family

Freda was married to Thomas Alexander Benderman (March 18, 1941 - November 28, 2010 (aged 69)) from 1970 until 1986. They have 3 children.

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Johnnie Melanie May 9, 1964 (1964-05-09) (age 58) Married. They have 2 children.
2 Leslie Mae June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01) (age 56) Married to Russell Mountain. They have 5 children.
3 Andre Thomas April 16, 1972 (1972-04-16) (age 50)

Evelyn's family

Evelyn entered into a civil partnership with Sharon Callahan on December 28, 1988.

Kathie's family

Kathie married Richard Wayne Arnold (September 12, 1949 - August 31, 2020 (aged 70)) on June 5, 1971. They have two children.

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Richard Wayne Jr. April 13, 1979 (1979-04-13) (age 43) Married to Emily Matthews. They have 3 children.
2 Laberta Dawn October 29, 1981 (1981-10-29) (age 40) Married to Stan Holowiecki.

Garrett's family

Garrett married Cynthia Lynn Wiggins on June 13, 1981. They have one child.

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Erin M. April 21, 1982 (1982-04-21) (age 40) Married to Rusty Curington. They have 3 children.

Carolyn's family

Carolyn is married to John Hutchins (May 3, 1961 (1961-05-03) (age 61)). They have two children.

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Jonathan Huston June 29, 1991 (1991-06-29) (age 31) Married to Lyndsey Watson. They have 2 children.
2 Rachel Nicole March 30, 1993 (1993-03-30) (age 29) Married to Michael Wright. They have 2 children. Expecting #3.

Michelle's family

Michelle married James Robert Duggar (July 18, 1965 (1965-07-18) (age 57)) on July 21, 1984. They have 19 children.

Name Date of birth Notes
1 Joshua James March 3, 1988 (1988-03-03) (age 34) Married to Anna Duggar. They have 6 children. Expecting #7.
Caleb Ryan January 23, 1989 Miscarriage.
2 Jana Marie January 12, 1990 (1990-01-12) (age 32) Birth via emergency C-section. Fraternal twin sister of John.
3 John-David Fraternal twin brother of Jana. Married to Abbie Duggar. They have 1 child.
4 Jill Michelle May 17, 1991 (1991-05-17) (age 31) Married to Derick Dillard. They have 2 children.
5 Jessa Lauren November 4, 1992 (1992-11-04) (age 29) Married to Ben Seewald. They have 3 children. Expecting #4.
6 Jinger Nicole December 21, 1993 (1993-12-21) (age 28) Married to Jeremy Vuolo. They have 2 children.
7 Joseph Garrett January 20, 1995 (1995-01-20) (age 27) Married to Kendra Duggar. They have 3 children.
8 Josiah Matthew August 28, 1996 (1996-08-28) (age 25) Married to Lauren Duggar. They have 1 child.
9 Joy-Anna October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28) (age 24) Married to Austin Forsyth. They have 2 children.
10 Jedidiah Robert December 30, 1998 (1998-12-30) (age 23) Fraternal twin brother of Jeremiah. Married to Katelyn Duggar.
11 Jeremiah Robert Fraternal twin brother of Jedidiah.
12 Jason Michael April 21, 2000 (2000-04-21) (age 22)
13 James Andrew July 7, 2001 (2001-07-07) (age 21)
14 Justin Samuel November 15, 2002 (2002-11-15) (age 19) Married to Claire Duggar.
15 Jackson Levi May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) (age 18) Birth via emergency C-section.
16 Johannah Faith October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11) (age 16)
17 Jennifer Danielle August 2, 2007 (2007-08-02) (age 15)
18 Jordyn-Grace Makiya December 18, 2008 (2008-12-18) (age 13) Birth via emergency C-section.
19 Josie Brooklyn December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10) (age 12) Born 3 months prematurely via emergency C-section.
Jubilee Shalom December 8, 2011 Miscarried daughter.
20 Tyler Wayne February 10, 2008 (2008-02-10) (age 14) Michelle's great-nephew whom they have legal custody over.

Great-grandchildren

As of 2010, there were twenty great-grandchildren. There are fifty three now, including:

  • from Pamela: Tyler Peters (deceased), Leah Peters, Luke Peters, Ellie Peters, Jacob Peters, Annie Peters, Evan Peters, Kate Peters, Emily Peters, Libby Peters, Ana Peters, Breanna Peters, Michaela Peters, Jordan Peters, Jamie Peters, Anthony Peters
  • from Freda: Nick Zimmerman, Dane Zimmerman, Jorge, Alex, Ashley, Elissa Mountain, Jacob Mountain
  • from Kathie: Xander Arnold, Sawyer Arnold, Thatcher Arnold
  • from Garrett: Gabe Curington, Chloe Curington, Teddy Curington
  • from Carolyn: Tyler Hutchins, Female Hutchins, Matthew Hutchins, Timothy Wright (deceased)
  • from Michelle: as of May 2022: Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Israel Dillard, Spurgeon Seewald, Meredith Duggar, Henry Seewald, Samuel Dillard, Mason Duggar, Gideon Forsyth, Garrett Duggar, Felicity Vuolo, Ivy Seewald, Addison Duggar, Bella Duggar, Maryella Duggar, Grace Duggar, Evelyn Forsyth, Evangeline Vuolo, Brooklyn Duggar, Fern Seewald, Madyson Duggar, Truett Duggar

Great-great-grandchildren

The Ruark family has four great-great grandchildren:

  • from Pamela: Zaida Alford, Shiloh Peters, Sterling Alford, Benjamin Peters.
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