An old illustration about real people my husband, Duane, likes to use when speaking to groups about the importance of family and the very real consequences, good or bad, of who you marry…
The Family of Max Jukes
A man of no principle
Married a girl of like character in 1677
Among his known descendents, 1200 were studied:
310 were professional beggars
440 had lives physically wrecked by debauchery and uncleanliness
130 were sent to prison for an average of 13 years each
7 were murderers
100 were alcoholics
60 were habitual thieves
190 were prostitutes
Only 20 out of the 1200 had ever gainful employment (the rest were either criminals or lived on state aid.
This notorious clan cost the state of New York a total of $1,200,000 in welfare and custodial charges – back then.
The Family of Jonathan Edwards
A man from a good Christian family
Married a girl of like character
From among his traceable 1400 descendants came:
13 college presidents
65 college professors
100 lawyers and a dean of an outstanding law school
66 physicians and a dean of a medical school
300 clergymen, missionaries and theological professors
80 holders of public office:
Mayors of large cities
3 U.S. Senators
1 Controller of the U.S. Treasury
1 Vice-President of the United States
The family wrote 135 books.
Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
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