Next “19 Kids & Counting” Kid to Marry: Josiah Duggar Announces Courtship with Marjorie Jackson

Future blessing-makers!
Future blessing-makers!

Another Duggar kid is officially courting!

People broke the news today that 18-year-old Josiah Duggar, the eighth child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggarhas entered an official courtship with Marjorie Jackson, the 17-year-old daughter of his Spanish tutor.

Josiah’s courtship seemingly came out of nowhere to 19 Kids and Counting fans, who were expecting Josiah’s older brother John-David, or his older sister Jana to be the next Duggar to announce a courtship.

(Poor Jana. This girl must now endure another round of questioning as to why her younger siblings are getting courted and married off, yet she remains single. The Ashley feels for Jana– not because she’s single but because she has to put up with this crap, while raising all of her parents’ kids!)

Anyway, Josiah is one of the little-talked about “middle Duggar” kids. He doesn’t get a lot of screen time on ’19 Kids and Counting,’ but that will surely change now that he is courting. (We all know that TLC loves a “Duggar kid in love” storyline!) Before this courtship, he was usually only discussed by ’19 Kids’ fans because there were rumors circulating that he was sent to the ALERT Academy, a Gothard run military-like school, because he was gay. (The Ashley is obviously not saying he is gay; she is just reporting what the rumors were/are.)

However, he states that he has been “noticing” Marjorie for a few years, since they met in Spanish class. (They were both home-schooled, so this took place at Marjorie’s home.)

According to People, Marjorie is the oldest of five and “caught Josiah’s eye” while they were both working during a mission trip to El Salvador in December. Josiah asked Marjorie to court on April 6, the same day that his sister, Jill, gave birth to his nephew, Israel.

“It’s been going very well,” Josiah told People of his relationship with Marjorie. “I met Marjorie a few years ago, when I was taking Spanish lessons at her house, and I was very impressed with the way she was with her siblings and her love for the Lord.”

“I really appreciate the Duggar family,” Marjorie told the magazine. “I respect and admire them. I will just take this one step at a time.”

Now that Josiah and Marjorie are courting, they are free to go on (properly chaperoned) dates, side hug and get more serious in their relationship, just as his brother, Josh did with his now-wife Anna, and his sisters Jill and Jessa did with their husbands.

Josiah was also afforded a luxury that seems to only be given to Duggar kids that enter relationships: social media access! He joined the ranks of Josh, Jill and Jessa as a Twitter and Instagram user this morning. (None of the other Duggar kids seem to have any type of social media accounts, even the oldest ones.)

“I’m so excited to announce that I’m courting Marjorie Jackson!” Josiah, who goes by “@SiDuggar,” wrote on one of his first Instagram posts.

Stay tuned: The Ashley will be posting all the details she could find on Marjorie very soon!

(Photo: Instagram)


  1. Well at least it’s a boy getting married so Jana shouldn’t be stuck doing alterations to a mess of bridesmaid dresses. That should be on the brides family. I hope she elopes if she decides to get married or she just goes bride-zilla on the whole family.

    1. Yes! Her ‘going out for groceries’ and coming back married-without permission of Lord Jim Bob or forcing Michelle to handle an insane volume of ridiculous details would be equally awesome.

  2. Josiah used to be featured quite frequently in the show. Only in the last couple of years has be been largely absent. I think it is interesting and pretty weird that both Josiah and Josh were sent to ALERT camp only to come back and start courting. It’s particularly interesting because neither of the other 2 older boys have gone to the camp.

    Is that a coincidence or is it required for Dugger guys before they start courting?

  3. Today I realized I was more naive than I thought. On some level I assumed we’d be done with Duggar weddings etc for at least a minute since there were two back to back. And today I realized that with a handful of kids over 18 and a few about to turn 18, their courtships and subsequent weddings (and kids) will be in the media cycles for a decade plus to come. Even if they don’t have a show in the future their lives will still be reported on. There’s so many of them…this will never end. Ever.

  4. Jessa and Josiah, the two Duggars who didn’t seem to fall in the Duggar line.

    Marry them off, and get rid of them, perhaps?

    1. Jinger and Joy are going to be interesting to watch. Jinger was the one who wanted to go to college/art school in NYC a few years ago, and Joy was just enough younger than the oldest girls to have escaped being one of Michelle’s Mommy Minions until recently and doesn’t seem to get why the girls have to cook, serve, and clean while the boys just have to eat.

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