Friday, November 24, 2023

A Family of Twins by Pat Simmons

There was a recent article about whether twins lived longer.  I don't believe and I have my own research to prove it.

My grandmother, Jessie, was a twin, but I always forgot because she had a fraternal twin, Louis. Growing up, I thought if they weren’t the same sex or looked exactly alike, they couldn’t possibly be twins. Ah, the mind of a child.

In grade school, there were two sets of twins in my class, Brenda and Linda, and Verlene and Willene. One set could easily be distinguished because of their features or skin tone.

Then in high school, there was Karen and Sharon. Since they attended separate colleges, Sharon and I became roommates. People thought we were twins.

When my great-grandmother, Minerva, passed away, I started my family research because no one seemed to know her exact age. To set the record straight, Grandma Wade was ninety-seven years old.

I found her parents and was surprised to see she had younger twin brothers, Ellis and Louis. Hmm, I guess my uncle was named after his uncle. Then I tracked down my great-grandmother’s mom, Nellie. Guess what? She was a twin to Solomon and among eleven children. My great-grandmother was named after her grandmother Minerva.

Surprisingly, no one in my family knew this stuff. Oh, I have a cousin, Birda, who has twins, Terrence and Michael. So that ended the trail on my father’s mom's side.

On my father’s dad's side, he had a first cousin, Henry, who had two sets of twin daughters. I believe one set died.

Take a deep breath…. Ready for more?

On my mother’s side, she had older twin sisters, Gerline and Christine, who died at six months of whooping cough years before she was born.

My mother’s next oldest sister, Edith’s grandson, Tim, has a set of twins.

That comes down to my family. Nope. We have a son and daughter, not twins…. But my husband can boast a little. His first cousin, John, has a set of twins, Jessica and Jennifer. So I'm the winner!

What is the probability of my son and daughter having twins whenever they get married? According to another article I stumbled upon, parents can expect to deliver more twins in the future.

That’s all I got, folks.

What about you? Do you have any twins in your family, or do you know twins?


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author of forty-plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth passionate about researching her ancestors then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a five-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance and the 2022 Leslie Esdaile Trailblazer Award recipient. Christmas Dinner was also an Emma Award winner for Book of the Year. Christmas Dinner and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World Magazine.

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked in radio, television, and print media for over twenty years. Visit her at


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