47 legitimate children?

by Lisa Y. Henderson

It comes from Fremont, Wayne county, that Adam Artis, colored, 75 years old, who lives near there, is the father of 47 legitimate children and that in addition there are 80 or 90 grandchildren.

The Landmark, Statesville, 9 Jan 1906.

Adam Toussaint Artis was born free in 1831 in Greene or Wayne County.  Estimates of the number of his children vary, but more than two dozen have been positively identified.  [Sidenote: I am descended from one of them. –LYH.]