The Duggars have built a reputation for young marriages and short courtships. It’s nearly unheard of that a Duggar waits more than a few months, let alone a few years, before getting engaged. However, there are some Duggar courtships that were much, much shorter than the rest. So, how long were each of the Duggar’s courtships, and who had the shortest one? You might be surprised.
Josh Duggar and Anna Keller: About two years
Josh Duggar had the longest courtship of any of his siblings. The couple met back in 2006 when they attended the same Christian homeschooling convention. They courted for about two years before getting engaged, and they were married in 2008. However, the couple faced many speed bumps, including Duggar’s sex abuse scandal and cheating scandal. But in 2017, they announced that their marriage was stronger than ever and they were expecting a fifth child.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald: 11 months
Jessa Duggar met her husband, Ben Seewald, after her father suggested Seewald text his daughter about the scripture. The two hit it off, and they actually had a fairly long courtship compared to other Duggars. They dated for nearly a year before getting engaged. Now, they have two young boys together.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard: Less than five months
Jill Duggar got engaged only a few months before her younger sister, Jessa. Jill also met her husband, Derick Dillard, through her father. Dillard was working in Nepal when he and Jill began talking. She eventually went to Nepal to meet him, and the two had a strong connection. They began courting in November 2013. Dillard asked her father for permission in February 2014, and the two were engaged by March 2014.
Joy Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth: Four months
Joy Anna had a short courtship with her current husband, Austin Forsyth. She also married Forsyth when she was only 20, which is even young for a Duggar. Joy Anna got pregnant as soon as the two tied the knot (although some think it was before!), and she and Forsyth welcomed their first child in February 2018.
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell: Less than three months
Joseph Duggar was another one to have a super quick courtship. He began courting Kendra Duggar just three months before the two got engaged. Joseph said he had known Kendra for about five years and was close with her for the last six months before asking her to enter a courtship. She said yes, and the two didn’t wait long to get married.
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson: 41 days
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson were family friends for a while before they took a trip to New Zealand with a bunch of others. As soon as they returned home, they announced their courtship. It appears things heated up while abroad, because the couple did not wait long before getting engaged; he proposed after less than two months.
Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Duggar: 36 days
Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo met through Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald. Seewald introduced the two, and Jinger and Vuolo immediately fell for each other. Their courtship was incredibly quick — the two were engaged in just over one month. However, they did talk back and forth for a while before meeting in person.
John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett: 29 days
The quickest Duggar courtship belongs to John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett. The couple is older than the other Duggars were — they were 28 and 26 (respectively) when they began courting. They didn’t wait very long to tie the knot, either. The couple reportedly only courted for 29 days before John David proposed.
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