- Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar starred in the former TLC series ’19 Kids And Counting,’ which followed their family life.
- Jim Bob and Michelle are parents to 19 children, ranging in age from 13 to 35.
- Michelle and Jim Bob also have over 20 grandchildren.
It’s an understatement to say that Jim Bob, 58, and Michelle Duggar, 56, have a big family. As the name of their former TLC show explains, the couple have 19 Kids and Counting. With so many kids, it’s easy for even a casual fan of the show to lose track of all their children. The kids range in age from 13 to 35, with their oldest son being Josh and their youngest daughter being Josie.
The main series 19 Kids And Counting was canceled in 2015, but many of the Duggar children appeared in the spin-off show Counting On, which ran for 11 seasons, before it was cancelled in 2021. The show was canceled in wake of Josh’s arrest for child pornography. The Duggar family has their fair share of drama, which has been detailed in Jill Duggar‘s new memoir. Learn more about all 19 of the Duggar children here.
The oldest Duggar is also the most controversial. Michelle gave birth to Josh in March 1988. Josh was arrested on child pornography possession charges in April 2021. The eldest Duggar, 35, has been married to his wife Anna since 2008. The pair have seven kids together. Josh was found guilty on two counts of child porn charges, and he was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. After his initial conviction, his sentencing was extended by two months in March 2022. He’s currently serving time at FCI Seagoville in Dallas, Texas, and his expected release date is October 2, 2032.
The 2021 arrest was only the most recent scandal for Josh. The reality star entered a “faith-based” rehab following sexual encounters with pornstars in 2015. That same year, Josh was also accused of molesting five underage girls when he was a teenaged, including two of his younger sisters.
Michelle and Jim Bob had their first daughter in January 1990. Jana ,33, says that she’s a “home remodeler” and “gardening enthusiast” in her Instagram bio. She listed some of her favorite activities on the Duggar family website. “I love road trips and travel, whether it’s visiting historical places, going on mission trips, or visiting friends and family,” she wrote. While Jana has many siblings that are married, she has also usually kept a good sense of humor about staying single while so many of the other Duggars get hitched.
Jana did find herself in some legal trouble in December 2021, when she was charged with a misdemeanor “endangering the welfare of a minor charge.” She pleaded guilty and paid a fine, per People. Jana also made headlines in February 2023, when she joined her brother James on a trip to Italy, via The Sun.
Born John-David, 33, in January 1990, the second oldest Duggar boy is Jana’s twin-brother. John has been married to his wife Abbie, who he met in 2018, for about three years, and the pair have two children. John is a pilot, while his wife is a nurse, and the couple are very active in assisting the charitable organization MEDIC Corps. The pair announced the birth of their second child Charlie in an October 2022 Instagram post. They also have an older daughter Gracie. “We are now a family of 4!” they wrote in Charlie’s announcement. “We welcomed little Charlie into the world last month and have been soaking up newborn snuggles ever since! We are so thankful to God for this precious gift!”
Born in May 1991, Jill Duggar Dillard, 32, has been married to her husband Derick Dillard since 2014, and the couple have three sons Israel, Samuel, and Frederick together. While she’s undoubtedly still an important part of the family, Jill doesn’t necessarily have the strongest bond with her folks and announced that she was distancing herself from them in October 2020. “We’re not on the best terms with some of my family. We’ve had some disagreements, but we’re working towards healing definitely and restoration, but we’re having to kind of just take some time and heal,” she said.
During her brother’s trial, Jill took the stand and testified against the family and her father specifically, saying that the relationship turned “toxic,” when she tried to make changes he didn’t agree with. “I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decisions that were best for our family, but not in his best interest. Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful and reactionary. He was verbally abusive. Our relationship is not good,” she said in May 2022.
Jill went after her family more in excerpts from her memoir Counting the Cost which comes out September 12, 2023. Jill claimed that her dad Jim Bob treated her “worse” than her “pedophile brother” Josh. Jill also accused Jim Bob of financial improprieties in how he shared (or failed to share) money from 19 Kids and Counting with his fellow family members, even though their lives were all documented on screen. Jim Bob and Michelle responded to Jill’s claims in a statement to PEOPLE and said that they “love” all of their kids but don’t believe “conflicts” should be handled in “a public forum.”
Jessa Seewald, 30, was born in November 1992, and is Jim Bob and Michelle’s fifth child. She married her husband Ben in 2014, and they have four children together Spurgeon, Henry, Ivy, and Fern. Jessa said that she loves interior design projects on her Duggar family page, and she said that she usually teams up with her big sister Jana to work on things together.
Jessa has also been a very outspoken member of the family, giving fans a look into her personal life. She shared the heartbreaking news that she had suffered a miscarriage with her and her husband’s fifth child in a February 2023 video on their YouTube channel. She said that she and Ben were ” “trying to process the loss [while] sitting there and holding hands and crying.” Jessa later announced in September 2023 that she’s pregnant with her fifth child.
Jinger Vuolo, 29, was born in December 1993. She has been married to former pro soccer player Jeremy Vuolo since 2016, and the couple have two daughters together. The couple co-authored a book together called The Hope We Hold, but it isn’t the only book Jinger has written. She also co-wrote a memoir with her older sisters called Growing Duggar: It’s All About Relationships.
Jinger and Jeremy were among some of the family members to speak out following Josh’s child pornography charges. “We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh,” the couple said in an Instagram post. “While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.”
Since Josh’s conviction, Jinger has spoken out against him, saying she hasn’t seen a change in him since the prison sentence in a January 2023 interview on The Tamron Hall Show. “Your heart has to be changed from the inside out and only Jesus can truly change that,” she said. “He’s not truly changed. So until God does that, it’s only what God can do.”
Besides her brother, Jinger also called out her family for their strict religious beliefs and rules in a January 2023 interview with People. “His teachings were so harmful, and I’m seeing more of the effects of that in the lives of my friends and people who grew up in that community with me,” she said. “There are a lot of cult-like tendencies.”
Joseph “Joe” Duggar, 28, entered the world in January 1995. He noted that he recently got his start in the Real Estate industry on his page on the Duggar family website, but like many of his siblings, he’s a real family man. He’s been married to his wife Kendra since 2017, and the couple have three children together: Garrett, Addison, and Brooklyn Praise. The pair sparked rumors that they’d welcomed baby number four in June 2022, when they were seen out with a newborn, but it’s unclear if they had a fourth child, per The Sun.
Michelle gave birth to Josiah, 27, in August 1996. Josiah spends a lot of time with his wife Lauren, who he’s been married to since 2018, and his daughter Bella. Josiah mentioned on his family bio that he works a few different jobs, including as a contractor, pilot and car dealer, and it seems like Lauren is a stay-at-home mom to their little girl. The couple are very private, but fans have speculated that they may be expecting another child. It was also revealed that the pair bought a new home in January 2023, per The Sun.
Jim Bob and Michelle’s fifth daughter was born in December 1997. Joy-Ann Forsyth, 25, enjoyed playing with her brothers growing up, and they helped instill a love of the outdoors to her, she explained on her family website. Like so many of her siblings, she also enjoys home remodeling. She’s been married to her husband Austin since 2017, and the pair have three kids: Gideon, Evy Mae, and Gunner.
After the child porn allegations came out against Josh, the pair did release a statement sharing that they were saddened to learn of the charges. “We have not wanted to be hasty in making any statements while trying to process the news ourselves. We are especially heartbroken by the reality that there are children in the world being harmed and exploited,” they said in May 2021.
Jedidiah “Jed” Duggar, 24, was one of the Duggars’ younger set of twins, born in December 1998. Jed followed in his father’s foot-steps and ran for the House of Representatives in Arkansas’ 89th district, the seat in Congress where his dad served for years, in 2020. He married his wife Katey in April 2021. The pair welcomed their first child Truett in May 2022 and their second child Nora in June 2023.
Jedidiah’s twin brother, Jeremiah, 24, has shared many of the interests as his family. He cited his older brothers who are both pilots as the reasons he got certified as a flight instructor, he explained in his Duggar website page. He also worked in construction prior to taking to the sky. He also listed his main hobbies as piano playing and playing sports like football, basketball, and volleyball. He married his wife Hannah in February 2022. He revealed that they had their first child Brynley Noelle on Christmas Day 2022 in an Instagram post.
Jason, 23, was the seventh Duggar boy born in April 2000. Jason didn’t really venture far from some of his family’s main interests like home renovation. He proudly boasts that he’s a contractor and an “outdoorsman” in his Instagram bio. Like his older brother, he also does share in some of the passion for music. On his Duggar website page, he noted that he is always ready to “add a tenor part to just about anything.”
After his brother was sentenced to over 12 years in prison, Jason shared a statement on his Instagram Story. “My heart is grieved over the choices my brother has made. His actions do not reflect that of a Christian believer and have doubtlessly defamed my Lord and Savior’s name!! Joshua’s poor decisions have greatly effected [sic] those around him, in particular his wife, seven children, and our family as a whole,” he wrote. “With that said, I will never stop loving my brother, regardless of what he does, just as my savior has forgiven me, so I have forgiven my brother of his wrongdoings! My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to truly humble him and bring about a true change in his life!”
The Duggars had their thirteenth child in July 2001. James, 22, also sounds like he’s good with his hands and outdoor activities. He’s interested in chainsaw art, his bio on the Duggar website explained. Although he has a commercial driver’s license, he also seems like he shares some design interests with his family, although he seems more interested in “sketching 3D building designs.”
Born in November 2002, Justin, 20, was the youngest Duggar to tie the knot. He got engaged to Claire Spivey in November 2020, after the couple only dated for two months, but the pair seem happily married. Justin’s page on the Duggar family site explained that the couple got married in February 2021. The couple have shown that they love a DIY project, revealing that they renovated an RV together in January 2023.
Jackson, 19, was born in May 2004, and he’s the Duggar’s 10th son. His family explained that he has an entrepreneurial spirit, going and mowing lawns on people’s properties once he got his driver’s license. Besides working hard, Jackson apparently has a great sense of humor. “You are one of the best story/joke tellers I’ve ever heard and you certainly keep us laughing,” his parents wrote in an Instagram post, wishing him a happy 16th birthday.
After giving birth to six boys in a row, Michelle had Johannah, 17, in October 2005. Even though she has four older sisters of her own, her mom wrote in a birthday Instagram post that she is a role model to some of the younger daughters in the family, who “absolutely adore her.” Her hobbies include drawing and playing volleyball, via the Duggar Family.
The youngest Duggars have all been girls, and Jennifer, 16, was born in 2007. Her family wrote that she has “an extra-special connection to all the family pets” in her bio, and she also enjoys DIY projects, although unlike many of her siblings who like interior design, Jennifer likes to sew, make candles and cook.
Born in December 2008, the penultimate Duggar Jordyn, 14, loves to spend time with her siblings’ kids and often asks to babysit. While she also enjoys art, her family wrote that she’s “a magnet to children and babies” in her bio. “When a tiny niece or nephew is brought through the door of the main house, she usually comes running down the hall calling dibs on holding them first,” her bio explained.
The 19th and youngest Duggar baby, Josie, 13, was born in December 2009. She was born prematurely, but her family were thankful for the prayers she received. Her bio said that like some of her older siblings, Josie is passionate about music, and noted that she sang with “near-perfect pitch,” when she was two.