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babymakerIntroducing Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev. Her first name is unknown, which is not surprising- having to remember the names of 69 children AND that of your wife must’ve been difficult for the Russian Peasant. The couple are on record as having the most children birthed by a single woman. 

She gave birth 27 times  to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765. Only two did not survive infancy. Many suspect the accuracy of this information as the family became a bit of a sensation with the public and received “favors” from the government. Two different accounts confirm the information, but a proper investigation was never conducted.

Following the list down- Mrs Yakov Kirillov gave birth to 57 children in 21 births. She had 4 sets of quadruplets, 7 sets of triplets and 10 sets of twins.

Elizabeth Greenhill (ooh! A first name!) had 39 children in the late 1600’s. Her husband Thomas Greenhill was a prominent London Surgeon and recorded the births. What’s unique about Elizabeth’s record of 39 is that aside from one set of twins, they were all single births (Dr. Greenhill had to have been a masochist. WTH?)

Maddalena Granata (born in 1839) gave birth 15 times, but all were triplets. 49 of the 52 being males. 

Anyway, back to Mrs. Vassilyev. There is no record  or description of her appearance (or her first name) so I took some liberties with her portrait. I’m guessing by age 25 she looked 65 and was in dire need of some plastic surgery. I have images in my head of her throwing her breasts over her shoulder to get work done.