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The Duggar kids have all grown up. Here's what all 19 are doing now.

In 2006, the world was introduced to a family of devout Christians living in Tontitown, Arkansas.

Back then, Jim Bob and Michelle and the 16-child Duggar family was enough to turn a one-hour TV special into a reality series about the family, then titled 16 Kids and Counting.

We were fascinated as these Baptists managed to handle raising and caring for more than a dozen children before adding to their brood, resulting in the show being renamed three times.

It’s been almost six years since TLC officially cancelled the once popular 19 Kids and Counting and while the family returned to screens shortly after with Counting On, there are so many kids to keep track of we thought it was worth taking a look through Instagram and seeing where the Duggars have each ended up.

Jim Bob and Michelle


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The couple that started it all with their extraordinary need to breed have stopped having natural-born children, but that doesn’t mean their brood has stopped growing. In addition to the 20 (and counting) grandchildren they now have, the couple became permanent guardians to their grandnephew, 13-year-old Tyler, after his mother was unable to care for him.

Jim Bob and Michelle are still caring for seven other kids at home ranging from 11 to 19 and regularly posting photos and Bible verses on their Duggar Family Facebook page and updating the family website.

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Josh

In case you missed it, the eldest Duggar boy's reputation has taken a hit in recent years. In 2015 allegations surfaced that he molested at least five girls as a 14- and 15-year-old – including his own sisters. Speaking to his parents, Josh had reportedly confessed to inappropriately touching his sisters and friends while they were sleeping.

 




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Later in 2015, Josh, who had been married to his wife Anna since 2008, was exposed in the Ashley Madison hacking scandal as having cheated on his wife. However, the pair remained married and have six children: Mackynzie, 11, Michael, nine, Marcus, seven, Meredith, five, Mason, three, and Maryella, who turns two in November.

On April 23, 2021, Anna announced that the couple were expecting their seventh child, a daughter.

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Five days later, on April 30, Josh was arrested for receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to a news release from federal prosecutors, obtained by People, Josh "allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. [He] allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019."

His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, made a statement soon after Josh's arrest.

"We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious," their joint statement read.

"It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

During a virtual court appearance in Arkansas the day after his arrest, Josh pleaded not guilty to the two charges: one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

If he is convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment.

Jana Marie

Jana was dubbed Cinderella Duggar for her house-cleaning and child-caring role in the family, as she was the eldest and unwed at 29. 

In 2018, it was rumoured photographer Caleb Williams was courting Jana, but there was no "courtship announcement". Despite this, he did share a photo on social media in October 2017 holding Josh and Anna’s son Mason – so he has certainly met the family. However, in 2019, sister Jessa confirmed she wasn’t in a relationship, responding to a comment which surmised Jana’s foray into social media hinted at a possible courtship announcement.

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"That’s been merely coincidence for some," wrote Jessa. "Definitely not a prerequisite. She’s not in a relationship."

"But if anyone is interested, please send all applications to me," she continued.

"I will check them out thoroughly."

As for her career, Jana Marie remodels houses.

John David

In 2018, Jana Marie’s twin, John David, announced that he was officially "courting" 27-year-old nurse Abbie Burnett.


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"We are so excited to announce the courtship of John David and Abbie!" Michelle and Jim Bob wrote in a statement via the family’s website.

"We fell in love very quickly," John David told TLC. "It’s been a wonderful journey thus far, and [we’re] taking the next step to move on to a courtship."

A few months later, the couple announced their marriage on November 3, 2018.

"We are so excited to be married! It was a beautiful moment and we so appreciate our friends and family for sharing this day with us. Most of all we are thankful to Christ for bringing us together. This is going to be an amazing journey!" they wrote on the Duggar family website.

Six months after the couple married, they announced they were expecting their first child together.

Their daughter, Grace Annette, is now 15 months old.

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Jill Michelle


#littlehappyfamilyof4 #soblessed #boymom????

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Fans of the show might remember that Jill met her now-husband Derick Dillard shortly before he went to Nepal to serve as a missionary. After speaking over Skype, visiting him – with her father – and starting a formal "courtship" when he returned in November 2013, the pair announced their engagement in April 2014 and were married in June.

Jill, now 29, has since given birth to the couple’s two sons, Israel, six, and three-year-old Samuel.

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The family also has a dog named Fenna.

Jessa Lauren

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After meeting her now-husband, Ben Seewald, through church, 28-year-old Jessa married in November 2014. A year later, they welcomed son Spurgeon, now five, followed by four-year-old Henry in February 2017, and one-year-old Ivy in May 2019.

On February 18, 2021, the couple announced they were expecting their fourth child, after experiencing a miscarriage in 2020.

Jinger Nicole

Jinger married former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo in November 2016. They began courting when she was 22 and he was 28.

Jinger gave birth to their first child Felicity Nicole Vuolo on July 19, 2018.

 




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On May 28, 2020, the couple announced they were expecting their second daughter after a miscarriage in 2019.

On November 22, 2020, Jinger gave birth to their second daughter, Evangeline.

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The couple has their own website, where they talk about their faith and life together.

Joseph Garrett

Joe, now 26, married Kendra Caldwell, 22, in September 2017 and just 39 weeks later, Kendra gave birth to baby Garrett. In November 2018, their second child, Addison was born.

In February 2021, the couple welcomed their third child, Brooklyn. 

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Josiah Matthew

With one "failed courtship" on his record, Josiah pleased his parents when the 24-year-old entered an official courtship with Lauren Swanson, 21.

"It was really exciting to hear Lauren say, 'Yes, I will start a courtship with you.' It was really good to hear that, and she was genuinely surprised," Josiah told TLC.

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On June 30, 2018, the couple got married.

Just over a year later, the couple welcomed their first child, Bella Milagro Duggar.

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Joy-Anna

Joy-Anna, 23, married Austin Forsyth in May 2017, and gave birth to the couple’s first child, Gideon Forsyth, on February 23, 2018.

Curiously, Joy-Anna has been the biggest detractor of her parents' faith, with a leaked video from her wedding rehearsal dinner revealing she 'struggled' with accepting her family’s rigid belief system.

"I can’t speak and cry. It’s terrible," she said in a clip obtained by Us Weekly. "First of all, I want to say that Joe, I’m so thankful for you. You really did change my life. Just through my teen years, I think I was having a hard time taking my parents' faith as my own and you really befriended me as an older brother."

On August 21, 2020, their daughter, Evelyn Mae, was born.

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The rest of the Duggar children

We thought you might like to know how old the youngest of the Duggar children are now. Twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah are now 22, Jason is 21, James is 19, Justin is 18, Jackson is aged 16, Johannah is 15, Jennifer is 13, Jordyn-Grace is 12 and Josie, the youngest, is now 11.

In 2020, Jedidiah ran for State Representative in his hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. And on April 3, 2021, he tied the knot to Katey Nakatsu, who is also 22.

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Jeremiah lives five minutes away from his brother and works as a pilot.

Jason renovates and sells houses.

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And on February 26, 2021, Justin wed his fiancee of three months Claire Spivey. 

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