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Joseph Patrick "Pat" Greenwell
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Birth: May 17, 1904
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1960
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

copy from Cecilia Norris Jury Hornback:

ca. 1954, Louisville Courier Journal Magazine Section:

ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY--The Greenwells of St. Francis number a dozen and a half - and biscuits for a meal number 70. Preparing 70 biscuits a meal is a normal family duty for Mrs. Joseph Patrick Greenwell of St. Francis, Ky. After all, when there are 16 hungry children [although Sheila, age 4 mos., hasn't quite reached the biscuit-eating stage yet], those biscuits go fast. The 16 Greenwell children aren't always at home-two live in Louisville, one's in the Air Force and a fourth, married, lives in North Madison, In. Even minus four, however, twelve children's mouths and two adults mouths still remain to be fed. The children range in age from 4 mos. to 25 years. The girls outnumber the boys, nine to seven. Mr. & Mrs. Greenwell have had a big naming problem. Sixteen children add up to 32 names, for each child has a middle name. Mary has been employed twice as a first name, once as a second name. To Further complicate matters, each child sports a nickname. Birthdays are another problem. As Mrs. Greenwell says, "There are too many birthdays to do too much celebrating." Every month except August and November brings at least one Greenwell birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Greenwell's youthful appearances seem to believe the fact that they have such a large family. She is a young forty-three and he certainly doesn't appear his fifty years. All the Greenwell children, except the last one, were born at home-and all have survived to this day. Mrs. Greenwell thankfully says, "For a large family, we've been very healthy." Maybe it's the home cooking that keeps the children in such a healthy state. "Mom cooks well-no complaints," the older children say. At meal-time, one table is not sufficient for the whole brood-so the family divides up at two simultaneous tables. Separation is often the necessary rule of the day-especially Sunday, when the family must attend three different masses. Sleeping accommodations are taken care of dormitory-style. The boys sleep in one room, the girls in another. During the school year, 6 of the children attend elementary classes and two go to high school. Having only four children at home means comparative peace for Mrs. Greenwell. The older children help around the house. "If they didn't, I couldn't quite make it", their mother admits. As playmates, the children have occasional spats, like all kids, but they get along together. Julia Bells, the eldest, reveals, "Our slogan is, ‘The more the merrier'". And it's a merry family indeed.

14 Feb. 1928, Chicago, Marion co., Ky.

Father of 17
Julia Bell
Mary Louise
Mary Gertrude

1930 United States Federal Census
about Joseph P Greenwell Name: Joseph P Greenwell
Home in 1930: Chicago, Marion, Kentucky
Age: 26
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904
Relation to Head of House: Son
Parent's Name: John P Greenwell
Spouse's Name: Mary A Greenwell
Race: White
Household Members: Name Age
John P Greenwell 68
Joseph P Greenwell 26
Mary A Greenwell 18
Julia B Greenwell 8/12

Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000
about Joseph P Greenwell Name: Joseph P Greenwell
Death Date: 17 Nov 1960
Death Place: Jefferson
Age: 56
Residence: Marion
Volume: 55
Certificate: 27117 
Family links: 
  John Perry Greenwell (1860 - 1932)
  Anna Belle Harp Greenwell (1863 - 1909)
  Mary Ann Mattingly Greenwell (1911 - 1996)*
  Julia Bell Greenwell Gosser (1929 - 2015)*
  Joseph Patrick Greenwell (1933 - 1969)*
  Norma Jean Greenwell Thompson (1936 - 2016)*
  John A. Greenwell (1939 - 2002)*
  Joseph Leo Greenwell (1890 - 1953)*
  Mary Pearl Greenwell Norris (1892 - 1975)*
  Mary Estelle Greenwell Woods (1899 - 1965)*
  Joseph Patrick Greenwell (1904 - 1960)
  Mildred C. Greenwell (1915 - 1915)**
  Mathew M. Greenwell (1915 - 1922)**
*Calculated relationship
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery
Saint Francis
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: Donna Lee Wall
Record added: Mar 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67505607
Joseph Patrick Pat Greenwell
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Joseph Patrick Pat Greenwell
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- Donna Lee Wall
 Added: Mar. 27, 2011

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