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1 Woman had 69 Children!

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That is NOT a typo!

In the 1700s, a single lady (not single as in “if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it” single, but single as in singular) gave birth to a staggering 69 children!

If you’ve done a quick calculation, you would have worked (only one baby per birth) and she became pregnant straight after giving birth, it would have taken a staggering 52 years. Then add the time it takes to reach childbearing age (approximately 15 years). Even if all the stars aligned perfectly, it would take 67 years to give birth to that many children, at a time when the average life expectancy was lower than 40 years!

The way she achieved this was by having many multiple births – she had 4 sets of quadruplets, 7 sets of triplets and 16 sets of twins!

The thing that makes this turn of events even more astounding is that the father went on to have a second wife who gave birth to 18 more children – 2 sets of triplets and 6 sets of twins!

Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707 – c.1782) was a peasant from Shuya, Russia and in total, he fathered a total of 87 children, from 2 marriages, and all but 3 survived infancy.


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