A number of years ago during my decoupage class I was talking with a fellow ‘cut and paster’ about my other hobby of genealogy; how I had 54 first cousins, to which she replied that her father was one of 35 children.
“All to the same mother?” I asked astounded. “Yes”, was the reply. “Were there a number of multiple births within the family? My stumbling mind tried to grasp the facts. She replied, “No, but her grandmother began having her children at 15 years of age.” A quick calculation 15 plus 35 equals 50 – that is if a child is born every single year, but if a year was missed the mother would have likely to have been older than 50 when her child bearing was over.
My classmate went on to speak with her friends and I did not get a chance to question her further about her father’s remarkably large family. Was this the largest family in Victoria? Were they even born in Australia – I do not know, but I have never heard of such a large family before. The largest families in my own tree maximized at 16 children.
Does anyone else have tales of remarkably large families to the one couple?