The biggest family ever


Suddenly my own family doesn’t seem so large!

Feodor Vassilyev, a Russian peasant from Shuya, Russia and his first wife whose name nobody knows had a total of 69 children between 1725 and 1765.  Amazingly for the time (as if that wasn’t amazing enough) 67 of the children survived.

During her life, Feodor’s wife birthed 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.  When his wife died Feodor went on to remarry and his second wife had a further 20 children.

You can only imagine the laundry pile in that house!


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5 thoughts on “The biggest family ever

  1. This is absolutely mind-boggling. And for 67/69 to live? Incredible. What is sad, though, is we don’t even know the name of the poor woman who birthed said 69 children! This woman deserves a drink! 🙂

  2. I read a small thing in a magazine last mothersday about this family but it was only this info. How or where did they find the records on this. I have such a hard time believing that four set of quads back then could live.
    There is no way I could keep up with that laundry.

  3. I remember reading this in the Guinness Book of Records when I was 12, and have always been impressed with this lady!

  4. that’s not even possible,
    take 9 moths for each pregnancy,
    plus 3 months to recover after every delivery,
    that makes 12 months for each baby,
    that’d make 69 years for 69 children,
    the odds of having multiples being about 3% in the 21th century,
    which is more than it has ever been by the way,
    that’d make 2 multiples,
    even if these’d be quadruplets,
    it’s impossible to have given birth to so many children in fourty years and probably also in a life time.
    and the human body isn’t capable of having so many babies in a row with so little time in between them.
    no offense though

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