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Data on Children born in The Oneida Community *

(1)   A total of 98 children were born in in the Community, 1848 – 1879.  (Four additional children were still-born).

(2)  Era I:  Carefully Limited Childbirth (March 1848 – December 1868).

(a)  A total of 40  children were born, or an average of 1.9 per year.

(b)  In terms of their percentage:

6 = Conceived outside the Community but born in it after parents joined

19 = “Accident”

11 = “Intentional”

2 =  “No comment but apparently authorized”

2 – Other references (“Badly mixed” and “Ask Horace!)

Three entries stated that the father was “uncertain” and there were two asterisks next to specific male names, denoting that they may not have been the father.

(3)  Era II:  Stirpicultural Experiment (January 1869 – December 1879)

  1. A total of 58 children were born in the Community, or an average of 5.3 per year.
  2. In terms of their parentage:

9 = “Accident”

44 = “Intentional”

3 = “Authorized”

1 = “Unauthorized”

1 = Other reference (“Ask Horace!”)

All but two of the children’s fathers were listed by name.

(4)  The year-by-year record:

1848 = 2        1861 = 3        1870 = 7        1879 = 5

1849 = 4        1862 = 2        1871 = 6

1850 = 4        1863 = 3        1872 = 4

1854 = 2        1864 = 1         1873 = 6

1856 = 1        1865 = 2         1874 = 5

1857 = 2        1866 = 1         1875 = 5

1858 = 4        1867 = 2         1876 = 7

1859 = 4        1868 = 1         1877 = 6

1860 = 2        1869 = 3         1878 = 4

(*)  Data taken from the diary of Francis Wayland-Smith

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Bill Warden
    May 11, 2016 @ 21:36:38

    Walt, my grandmother, Camilla Bolles , was one of the 5 babies born in 1879 on Aug. 23. Her mother was Charlotte Bolles Worden and her father was Manley Aiken. Bill

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