Jessa Seewald Biography
Jessa Seewald Bio
|Jessa Lauren Seewald was born on 4th November 1992. She is an American television personality known for being part of the cast of TLC’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. She co-authored Growing Up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships with her sisters Jana, Jill, and Jinger.|
|Jessa Seewald Age||She was born on 4th November 1992Tontitown, Arkansas, U.S.|
|Jessa Seewald Occupation||Television personality|
|Jessa Seewald Husband||
Benjamin Seewald (m. 2014)
|Jessa Seewald Children||Spurgeon Elliot Seewald and Henry Wilberforce Seewald|
|Jessa Seewald Parent(s)||Jim Bob Duggar
|Jessa Seewald Relatives||18 siblings including Jill Dillard, Jinger Vuolo, Joy-Anna Forsyth, and Josh Duggar|
Jessa Seewald Early life and Education
Seewald was born in Tontitown, Arkansas. She is the fifth of Jim Bob and Michelle (Ruark) Duggar’s nineteen children. Seewald was homeschooled while growing up as a child.
Jessa Seewald Career
Jessa Seewald Television
Seewald began her public life as a member of the family featured in the documentary 14 Children and Pregnant Again (2004), which talks about the daily life of the family from the “time they wake up” to the “time they go to sleep.” The documentary aired on the Discovery Health Channel. Another documentary, Raising 16 Children was produced on the same channel in 2006 when Seewald’s younger sibling Johannah was born. The documentary was followed by another feature, On the Road with 16 Children about a family cross-country trip.
On 29th September 2008, 19 Kids and Counting (formerly 18 Kids and Counting and 17 Kids and Counting) began as a regular series based on the Duggar family. The show’s final episode aired May 19, 2015, and was formally canceled on 16th July 2015. Another series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, starring Seewald and her sister Jill, premiered on 13th December 2015.
Jessa Seewald Book
With three of her sisters, Seewald co-wrote Growing up Duggar, a book published by Howard Books, in 2014. The book describes growing up in the Duggar home, social relationships, and their religious beliefs.
Jessa Seewald Personal life
Jessa Seewald Marriage and family
On 16th September 2013, her romantic relationship with Ben Seewald was made public via an announcement on the family’s website. The couple first met through their church. On 15th August 2014, the couple announced their engagement and they were married on 1st November 2014.
On 5th November 2015, after nearly 48 hours of labor, Seewald gave birth to their first child, a boy named Spurgeon Elliot Seewald (named after Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon and Christian missionary Jim Elliot). Upon being asked about the name, Ben Seewald stated that Spurgeon and Elliot were influential figures in their lives.
On 6th February 2017, Seewald gave birth to their second son, Henry Wilberforce Seewald (named after Matthew Henry and William Wilberforce).
Jessa Seewald Victim of sexual abuse
In a June 2015 interview on The Kelly File, Seewald identified herself as one of the girls sexually abused by her oldest brother, Josh Duggar, when he was a teenager. She described the abuse as “mild inappropriate touching,” saying it occurred while she was sleeping and was “fully clothed.” Seewald further stated she became aware of the abuse after her parents told her what had occurred following her brother’s confession. Describing the abuse as “very wrong,” she decried those referring to her brother as a “child molester or a pedophile or a rapist… that is so overboard and a lie”. Regarding the police reports describing the abuse while she was a minor being released to the media, Seewald said, “the system that was set up to protect kids…it’s greatly failed.”