Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Duggar and Bates Match-Up

Duggars and Bates, 2013

For those who watch both Counting On and Bringing Up Bates, you're probably having withdrawals, as neither reality TV show is currently airing new episodes. The Bates return January 4th, but there has been no word from TLC whether the Duggars' show will continue.

Did you know that the Duggars and Bates are best friends? Not only that, but they have known each other for more than 20 years! Jim Bob and Gil met at a conference and immediately hit it off when they found out that they both had a big family and conservative Christian values. (Click here to view a photo of the kids in 1995.)

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar married in 1984, while Gil and Kelly Bates tied the knot three years later in 1987, but both couples started having children right around the same time. And if you go down the line, the ages of the majority of their kids match up perfectly. Some of the birthdays are even in the same month. Take a look at this chart we created for you...


BATES: 

1. Zachary Gilvin Bates
Birthday: December 30, 1988
Age: Almost 29

2. Michael Christian (Bates) Keilen
Birthday: January 23, 1990
Age: 27

3. Erin Elise (Bates) Paine
Birthday: May 2, 1991
Age: 26

4. William "Lawson" Bates
Birthday: July 27, 1992
Age: 25

5. Kenneth Nathaniel Bates 
Birthday: August 29, 1993
Age: 24

6. Alyssa Joy (Bates) Webster
Birthday: November 9, 1994
Age: Almost 23

7. Tori Layne Bates
Birthday: December 20, 1995
Age: Almost 22

8. Trace Whitfield Bates
Birthday: February 1, 1997
Age: 20

9. Carlin Brianne Bates
Birthday: April 11, 1998
Age: 19

10. Josie Kellyn Bates
Birthday: August 4, 1999
Age: 18

11. Katie Grace Bates
Birthday: October 5, 2000
Age: 17

12. Jackson Ezekiel Bates
Birthday: February 17, 2002
Age: 15

13. Warden Justice Bates
Birthday: May 19, 2003
Age: 14

14. Isaiah Courage Bates
Birthday: October 16, 2004
Age: 13

15. Addallee Hope Bates
Birthday: February 17, 2006
Age: 11

16. Ellie Bridget Bates
Birthday: April 28, 2007
Age:  10

17. Callie-Anna Rose Bates
Birthday: August 2, 2009
Age:  8

18. Judson Wyatt Bates
Birthday: September 15, 2010
Age:  7

19. Jeb Colton Bates
Birthday: February 1, 2012
Age:  5
DUGGARS:

1. Joshua James Duggar
Birthday: March 3, 1988
Age: 29

2/3. Jana/John-David Duggar
Birthday: January 12, 1990
Age: 27

4. Jill Michelle (Duggar) Dillard
Birthday: May 17, 1991
Age: 26

5. Jessa Lauren (Duggar) Seewald
Birthday: November 4, 1992
Age: 25
 
6. Jinger Nicole (Duggar) Vuolo
Birthday: December 21, 1993
Age: Almost 24

7. Joseph Garrett Duggar
Birthday: January 20, 1995
Age: 22 

8. Josiah Matthew Duggar
Birthday: August 28, 1996
Age: 21

9. Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth
Birthday: October 28, 1997
Age: 20

10/11. Jedidiah/Jeremiah Duggar
Birthday: December 30, 1998
Age: Almost 19  





12. Jason Michael Duggar
Birthday: April 21, 2000
Age: 17

13. James Andrew Duggar
Birthday: July 7, 2001
Age: 16

14. Justin Samuel Duggar
Birthday: November 15, 2002
Age: Almost 15

15. Jackson Levi Duggar
Birthday: May 23, 2004
Age: 13

16. Johannah Faith Duggar
Birthday: October 11, 2005
Age: 12

17. Jennifer Danielle Duggar
Birthday: August 2, 2007
Age: 10

18. Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar
Birthday: December 18, 2008
Age: Almost 9

19. Josie Brooklyn Duggar
Birthday: December 10, 2009
Age:  Almost 8

Photo courtesy TLC/DCL

52 comments:

  1. Best friends? They're hardly in each other's weddings. Just because they know each other and have similarly oddly-sized families doesn't mean they're "best friends." One look at the wedding parties makes it clear they aren't.

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    1. Actually they are in each other's weddings, but since their shows are on two different networks they try to stay out of the way of the cameras for tv purposes and contractual agreements. But if you look at the still shots photographers have done there are usually at least one Duggar in the Bates wedding parties or at least one Bates in the Duggar wedding parties. :)

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    2. I'm guessing the blogger knows their relationship better than we do, since she knows both families personally and most of us viewers do not.

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    3. Actually, Jana was in Michaela's wedding. Carlin was in one of the weddings and I think Trace was in a wedding. Erin's husband took some of the wedding g photos at Jill's wedding g and Erin played the wedding march. Look a little closer, they're there.

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    4. Oh, they are. Recently Carlin Bates was one of Joy's bridesmaids and Jana was one of Michaels bridesmaids and there are others

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    5. They can still consider being best friends without having them in their wedding, mostly the girls have their family in the wedding not many friends, there is nothing saying you need to have your friends in your bridal party

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    6. why should jim bob & gil being best friends mean that each of they're children have to be in the others childrens weddings???

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    7. Hang on...John David Duggar was in the wedding party at Zach Bates' wedding, Jana was a bridesmaid for Michael Bates, Carlin Bates was a bridesmaid for Joy Anna, pretty certain that Erin (Bates) Paine has played the piano at several Duggar weddings, likewise Jana/Jinger for the Bates', Lawson Bates was definitely at Jinger and Amy's weddings going by several photos...so yea hardly friends at all are they?! ...

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    8. 10:9am you must know them personally to make such an inaccurate statement.

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    9. Jana was in Michaela's wedding.

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    10. When you have many siblings and marry someone who has several siblings as well, your wedding party is pretty mmuch taken care of...I think they are all pretty close friends!

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    11. I think they are referring to Jim Bob and Michelle and Kelly and Gil not all the kids. The blog writers actually know these people so I’m gonna say they know more than the rest of us.

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    12. They ARE in each others weddings. Most recently Carlin Bates was in Joy Duggars wedding. They just can't showmuch of each other because they are on different TV networks. Jana Duggar was also in Michael Bates wedding and there are others also.

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    13. Not really your call to decide whether or not they're best friends based on one criteria.

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    14. well we've mostly had girls so far, doesn't mean the boys or the younger girls won't have someone? And Erin has played in several weddings I think, and Carlin and Trace have been members of wedding parties.

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    15. Erin has played the piano in several Duggar weddings. Carlin was in Joy Anna's wedding. Just because each of the kids in the families don't match up perfectly as best friends doesn't mean that the families don't consider each other's family as best friends.

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    16. I don’t know what you mean, Trace was in Joe’s party, Carlin in Joy’s and Jana in Michael’s. Kelly explained on a comment on an Instagram post Carlin wrote for Joy’s birthday that they aren’t in each other’s shows because of contract and channel reasons, but they always go to each other’s weddings. Carlin has openly stated various times that Joy is her best friend. That doesn’t mean that every sibling is bff with each other but they are close.

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    17. What are you talking about? Jana was in Michael's wedding and Carlin was in Joy's wedding. I bet Joy will be in Carlin's wedding too. The only reason there haven't been more Bates in Duggar wedding parties and vice versa is that all the girls have a ton of sisters that are their bridesmaids. Jessa had her sisters and Ben's sisters.

      They're obviously great friends. The Duggars helped the Bates build their house. They're always showing up in pictures the other family posts. The only reason you think they're not great friends is because the Bates don't show up on Counting on and vice versa, because their network contracts don't allow them to be on other shows.

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    18. And Erin has played the piano in a few of the Duggar weddings.

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    19. Ellie and Lily know both families personally. Who are any of us to argue this with post?

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  2. So technically Mrs. Bates went thru pregnancy more since she didn't have any twins.😉

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    1. correct, also, kelly lost 4 other children & michelle 2

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    2. And both had several miscarriages.

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    3. Wow Mrs. Bates was pregnant every year of her adult life. That is a lot on a body but she looks good and seems healthy so I Praise God for that. Proof that trusting God and having faith that He will preserve us is the best way to live.

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  3. So happy for the photo of the Bates family & Duggars I see short clips of bringing up Bates so happy It will be on January 4 th AS for the Duggars I will be sad If Counting on won't have another. I hope their will be a TV special for both families on TV one day called the wonder years of the Duggar/ Bates family special.

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    1. Ah Neddy, so glad you changed your writing! Looks good now!

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    2. Needy you are such a sweet person and that would be nice if they had a special together.

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  4. seems the duggar and bates friendship has faded away over the last couple of years? did not see them at Joy or Joseph wedding.

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    1. carlin was in joy’s wedding & trace was in joseph’s wedding. you can see they’re in some clips.

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  5. Here's to hoping that a Duggar-Bates/Bates-Duggar wedding happens eventually down the line.😊

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    1. I know that'd be cool! Like if Jed or Jeremiah was in a relationship with Katie Bates, etc! I'm just trying to think of a potential match up close to relationship age.

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    2. That would be really neat!

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  6. I wonder if there will be a Bates/Duggar wedding in the future? They have such similar beliefs, values, goals...

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  7. Wow! Didn't realize how close in ages the kids were. I appreciate their friendship. So happy they both get to share their stories and faith.

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  8. I for one would love to see the Duggars off the air for the simple purpose of having them prove all their naysayers wrong. There are many who say they live off the TV show income, which I don't believe is true. The family works hard. Let's see how well all of them thrive without the show. That will quiet their critics!

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    1. Can anyone think of a time when Jim Bob was shown doing any kind of work on the show? I can't think of a single instance.
      On the other hand, Gil Bates (and his sons) works hard doing manual labor as a tree trimmer as well as pastoring a church--and we have seen him giving one-on-one attention to his children too, which is also not something seen much from Jim Bob. Maybe TLC is portraying the Duggar family in this way or maybe it is true.

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    2. Of course they are living off income from the show. Nothing wrong with that. I'm not sure where the rumor came from that they don't get paid to be on the show. I agree, they aren't shown working hard or otherwise.

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    3. You must be forgetting about the times on the show when we've seen them working on the houses they rent out.

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  9. Amazing there have been no duggar/bates weddings! The kids are all so close in age! Perhaps they were such good friends they saw each other more as brothers and sisters than as romantic possibilities.

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  10. Neat to see this chart. Would you please do one for the grandchildren?

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  11. Wow! I didn't realize how close together the Bates's children are! We have 13 children. The first 7 are all 18 months apart, and the rest about 2 years apart with a 3 1/2 year difference between the last two.

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  12. Anon 10:29 they are not allowed to be on each other's network. They ARE there at each other's weddings. It's just that you won't see it because that's edited.

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  13. Wow thanks for doing this Ellie! I was glad to find out the ages of the children.

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  14. I hope Counting On returns.

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  15. That is like super weird and coincidental. That both families have children at almost the same time together. Or pretty close to it. But Kelly Jo's been pregnant the most as well as the longest, because as previously stated from above. She had no twins like Michelle had.

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  16. Holy moly! I never realized that Mrs. Bates' children were quite THAT close together in age. Many are only 13-14 months apart, and none farther than 16 months until you get to child #17!

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  17. That is a really interesting list. It was fun to compare their similar birth dates/years and to see everyone's middle names.

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  18. So nice that they know each other and they we know of them. I have been truly enjoying following their life...Jane

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  19. How could almost everyone that you know be your 'best or sweet, dear friend'? It loses it's meaning when it's everyone....nothing is special then, really.
    Perhaps the parents are 'great friends', but that doesn't meant that all the children are best friends with each other...they have been exposed to each other because their fathers visit one another and the whole family is obligated to go along for the visit.

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    1. I don't know, in all the episodes where we've seen the families hanging out, the children sure looked like they were having a lot of fun together.

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  20. This chart is impressive! Good job! I'm always wishing there will be a courtship/wedding between a Bates and a Duggar :)
    Géraldine

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