Throughout my research I have noticed that in some branches the Pye name has ended, especially in the English branches of the family tree, therefore I decided to compare the descendants of my great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Pye, with the descendants of his brother, George Pye. I wanted to count the number of sons, bearing the surname Pye, through the next five generations (down to my own generation) to compare the number of Pye sons in each generation. The following is what I found.
George Pye had five sons (Generation 1); they produced 10 sons (Generation 2); they produced 14 sons (Generation 3); they produced 16 sons (Generation 4); they produced 5 sons (Generation 5).
Joseph Pye had seven sons (Generation 1); they produced 28 sons (Generation 2); they produced 74 sons (Generation 3); they produced 107 sons (Generation 4); they produced 107 sons (Generation 5).
As you will have noticed the male line of Joseph’s was far greater than George’s. It is interesting to note that 93 of the 107 sons listed for Generation 5 came from the two sons of Joseph Pye who came to Australia. The other 14 descended from the other four sons of Joseph who married.
As a further comparison I noted how many sons died as infants; did not marry, married but had no children or married having only daughters.
From George Pye Gen 1 = 5, Gen 2 = 10, Gen 3 = 14, Gen 4 = 16, Gen 5 = 5.
Gen 1 = 1 did not marry,
Gen 2 = 1 did not marry, 1 married no children,
Gen 3 = 1 infant, 4 did not marry, 2 married no children, 1 married no sons,
Gen 4 = 4 infants, 1 did not marry, 5 married no children or sons, 3 unknown.
From Joseph Pye, Gen 1 = 7, Gen 2 = 28, Gen 3 = 74, Gen 4 = 107, Gen 5 = 107 (93 from sons in Aust).
Gen 1 = 1 infant, 1 married no sons,
Gen 2 = 5 infants, 2 married no children or sons, 3 unknown,
Gen 3 = 14 infants, 12 did not marry, 11 married no children or sons,
Gen 4 = 14 infants, 11 did not marry, 16 married no children or sons, 10 unknown.
I found that it was two of Joseph’s grandsons who produced the most male Pye descendants.