This January you can expect to hear a lot more about another family with 19 kids as Gil Bates, Kelly Jo Bates, their 19 kids, and their growing number of grandchildren are starring in the new reality series Bringing Up Bates, which premieres on UP on New Year’s Day at 9/8c.
Because anyone who’s watched 19 Kids and Counting — which stars the Bates’ close friends, the Duggar family — is well aware, keeping that many people straight is quite the task! In an effort to help out, here’s a handy photo guide, followed by ages, birthdays and brief bios for each of the family members.
“Gil” Gilvin Bates
Birthday: January 1, 1965
Bio: Gil is a former South Carolina state wrestling champ who found God in high school. He owns a tree-cutting business and is on the Institute of Basic Life Principles‘ board of directors.
Kelly Jo Bates
Birthday: October 26, 1966
Bio: Kelly Jo is the daughter of a preacher. She keeps very busy home-schooling, preparing meals and doing household chores.
Birthday: December 30, 1988
Bio: Zach serves as a county commissioner and is a first-responder. He and wife Whitney welcomed Gil and Kelly Jo’s first grandchild in October.
Birthday: January 23, 1990
Bio: Occasionally referred to as Michaella, the oldest Bates daughter is a full-time nanny and is currently in a courtship with Brandon Keilen. The Bates family expects she will marry in 2015.
Erin Bates Paine
Birthday: May 2, 1991
Bio: Erin graduated with honors from Crown College of the Bible with a degree in music ministry. She is an accomplished musician with a two gospel records, Merciful and Mighty and Down Home Gospel. She is married to Chad Paine. Sadly, the couple has suffered a miscarriage a few months into their marriage. They now “face a health issue that challenges their hope of starting a family.”
William “Lawson” Bates
Birthday: July 27, 1992
Bio: Lawson is also a musician who recently released his first vocal CD. He also owns his own lawn-care company.
Kenneth Nathaniel Bates
Birthday: August 29, 1993
Bio: “Nathan” is pursuing a degree in biblical studies from Crown College of the Bible and plans to go into ministry after graduation.
Alyssa Bates Webster
Birthday: November 9, 1994
Bio: Whitney recently married John Webster and moved to Florida. She is expecting her first child and is due in April 2015.
Birthday: December 20, 1995
Bio: Following in some of her older siblings’ footsteps, Tori is studying at Crown College of the Bible. She has also assumed more responsibilities around the home and is described as her mom’s “right arm.”
Birthday: February 1, 1997
Bio: Trace helps out with Bates Tree Services and runs a lot of errands for the family. He also keeps busy with sports during football and basketball seasons.
Birthday: April 11, 1998
Bio: Carlin leads a Bible Club for younger girls and leads the church’s character lessons for children.
Birthday: August 4, 1999
Bio: Josie helps keep her younger siblings organized with their projects and teaches them about cooperation.
Birthday: October 5, 2000
Bio: The Bates family says Katie loves a good prank, but is also an eager volunteer around the house.
Birthday: February 17, 2002
Bio: Jackson and his two immediately younger brothers are known by the family as the three musketeers.
Birthday: May 19, 2003
Bio: The family calls Warden “Tigger” because he’s “full of bounce” and “tough as nails.”
Birthday: October 16, 2004
Bio: Isaiah’s middle name is “Courage” and the family says he earned the moniker after dealing with several health problems during.
Birthday: February 17, 2006
Bio: Addallee was born with serious complications that caused her heart to stop. The family says the double letters in her name serve as reminders that she got a second chance at life.
Birthday: April 28, 2007
Bio: The family says Ellie has a very tender heart and is quite the cuddler.
Callie Anna Rose Bates
Birthday: August 2, 2009
Bio: Callie is described as “a mischievous little adventurer waiting to get into trouble.”
Birthday: September 15, 2010
Bio: The family says Judson’s sweet personality “makes him adorable and irresistible.”
Birthday: February 1, 2012
Bio: The youngest of the 19 kids, Jeb is described as “a bundle of energy and joy.”
Chad Paine III
Birthday: April 18, 1987
Bio: Married to Erin, Chad comes from a family of 12 kids and works for a metal company.
Birthday: November 21, 1990
Bio: Married to Alyssa, John works with his brothers for their family’s air conditioning business. His dad is Florida Congressman Daniel Webster.
Whitney Bates, née Perkins
Birthday: September 21, 1993
Bio: Whitney is married to Zach. She has a degree in medical billing and coding and medical insurance.
Bradley Gilvin Bates, son of Zach and Whitney
Birthday: October 29, 2014
Gil and Kelly Jo’s wedding date: December 18, 1987
Zach and Whitney’s wedding date: December 14, 2013
Chad and Erin’s wedding date: November 2, 2013
John and Alyssa’s wedding date: May 24, 2014