A Very Large Family
There was a man named Feodor Vassilyev. He was a peasant from Shuya, Russia. He lived from 1707 to 1782. He was first married to his wife, Valentina. During their marriage, she gave birth to a total of 69 children.
Twins, Triplets, and Quadruplets
She had 27 deliveries of her babies. She had 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. During those years, when medicine was in its infancy, giving birth could be risky. Giving birth to multiple births was even more so. However, out of the 69 children, 67 of her babies lived.
Feodor Is Not Finished
Perhaps Feodor’s wife passed away. He then married his second wife. Apparently, she wanted children, so he obliged. Together they had 18 children in eight births. She had six pairs of twins and two sets of triplets.
Interestingly, Feodor was noted in a Wikipedia article stating his wife set the record for the most children birthed by a single woman. However, it was Mr., not the Mrs. who was reported. Even so, she was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the woman giving birth to the most children.
How Did The Peasant Support These Children?
It is expensive to have a large family. It makes one wonder how a peasant could ever handle such an endeavor. Feodor had more than a large family. He had a total of 87 children. For that era, he lived a long life. He died at the age of 75 with 82 living children. Chances are the local newspaper did not list all of the names of the children in his obituary.
Imagine a woman giving birth to 69 children in this day and age.