Reuben Bland (1855-?) was a farmer from Martin Co., NC who married first to Julia E. Coburn and she bore him 15 children. After her death, he married Laura Boyette and she bore him 19 children, including one set of twins. Bland became famous--or infamous--for all his children. Bland moved to Pitt County and in 1927 even went to Washington, DC to meet the Congress and President Coolidge. Bland received hundreds of letters and the author gives one humorous example of one of the letters.