This woman actually bore 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets!
This is the story of Feodor Vassilyev and his first wife – the woman, who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the woman to bear the most children in a lifetime.
History remains silent when it comes of Feodor’s wife’s name, birthdate and time of death. It is known, however, that her husband was a peasant residing in Shuya, Russia. He was born in 1707 and died in 1782 – long after the word for his wife and their tons of children got out. Between 1725 and 1765 over the course of 40 years his wife managed to bear a total of 69 children. The woman bore 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. It does sound quite fantastic and unbelievable, doesn’t it?
What’s even more unbelievable is the claim that 67 out of their 69 kids even survived infancy, even though back then the couple didn’t have modern day medical experts at their disposal. Records show that Feodor married again and didn’t stop fathering children. In fact, he had 18 more kids with his second wife. They had 2 sets of triplets and 6 pairs of twins. Three of the couple’s children reportedly didn’t survive infancy.
Feodor had a total of 87 children with his two wives. Many attempts have been made to verify these numbers and many people have spent endless efforts desperately trying to get some more information on the case. Some people claim the whole story is false, while others – like the Guinness World Records officials, for example, – believe it to be true.