Jana Duggar & Jacob Wilson: Courting?!

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Another day, another Jana Duggar courtship rumor.

That sounds like a figure of speech, but at this point, it's an almost-literal description of the media scrutiny surrounding Jana's love life.

Jana Duggar Smirk

Yes, fascination with Jana's love life is nothing new, as the eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle, 27, is famously, perennial single.

Rumors of an alleged courtship are nothing new, but this week has been one for the ages as far as the rumor mill is concerned.

Just yesterday - yesterday! - multiple media reports claimed that Jana was courting Caleb Williams, a longtime family friend.

Williams, with whom she's reportedly been spending a lot of time in recent weeks, reportedly requested to court the TLC star.

Or not, according to conflicting news Tuesday.

Today, a new suitor has emerged, and once again, the Duggar faithful are convinced that wedding bells will soon be ringing for Jana.

As with Williams, the evidence of a romance between Jana and Jacob Wilson is flimsy at best, but we'll present it to you, the jury, nonetheless:

Jana Duggar: Counting On!

Fans who print out photos that the Duggars post online and examine them under a microscope have found some interesting things.

Namely, that Wilson has been lingering in the background of many Duggar family pictures lately - unannounced, but clearly present.

Now, there could be a very simple explanation for this:

Jacob is the son of Clark Wilson, a longtime friend of the Duggars, who helped build the 7,000-square-foot compound they call home.

So they go back a long way, and moreover, the Duggars notably maintain close ties with families who share their fundamentalist beliefs.

They often regard these like-minded clans as a part of an extended family united not by blood, but by a shared worldview.

Jacob Wilson Photo

But even though they're raised to think of one another almost as siblings, in a sense, when it comes to courtship, they're often first in line.

All Duggar children are still encouraged to consider these fellow fundies first when coming of age and seeking out breeding partners.

Sorry, we meant to say spouses.

Draw whatever conclusions you'd like about how these seemingly contradictory messages might have contributed to the circumstances surrounding the Josh Duggar sex scandals, but it's true that this is how several Duggar in-laws have been introduced.

Anyway, regarding Wilson, fan reaction was positive, as far as we can tell (however scant the evidence of an actual romance may be).

“Him and Jana would make beautiful babies,” commented one fan on a recent photo of the Jana's alleged mystery man.

Jacob Wilson Shirtless

Others pointed out that as a hunter, an avid fisherman, and a volunteer firefighter to boot, Jacob meets Jana's requirements for a man.

She doesn't speak on the record about her tastes in guys often, but she did openly admit she wants one unafraid to "get his hands dirty."

He's also training to be an EMT, and he recently traveled to Texas and volunteered to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Sounds like a catch.

Unfortunately, Jim Bob might take issue with the fact that Jacob most definitely does not share the Duggars views on certain topics.

As you can see in the picture above, he may not put as much emphasis on importance of "modest attire" as JBD would prefer.

Jana Duggar: Counting On Picture

It may seem like a minor point of contention, but sources say Jim Bob has been clashing with his sons-in-law quite frequently in recent months.

Primarily because they don't share his views on certain religious doctrines, he and Ben Seewald and Jeremy Vuolo have butted heads.

Once Duggar women are married, it's their husbands, no longer their father, who determines their conduct in this patriarchal society.

For Jim Bob, that's been a tough transition.

Insiders say he is humiliated by the fact that Jinger Duggar has been wearing shorts, tight pants and more since marrying Vuolo.

He's likely determined to avoid any further humiliation along these lines, and that may impact his evaluation of others' future partners.

Of course, we're probably getting way too far ahead of ourselves here, as, in all likelihood, Jana and Jacob are not courting.

Although it's worth noting that he's rocking a "J" name. Bonus points for that ... even Jim Bob would have to give props there.

As always, you can watch Counting On online to see lots more of the Duggar girls coming of age as their dad cringes.

It's becoming must-see TV at this point.

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