A Woman Gave Birth to 69 Children in 76 Years, and Her Story Stirs Up Heated Debate
This story is actually backed by facts
Now that you know all the scientific doubts and you don’t believe this could be true, let us tell you there are historical facts that speak in favor of the Vassilyevs.
There was a list sent by the Nikolskiy monastery to Moscow on February 27, 1782, which proved Feodor Vassilyev had 82 children alive at that time, from 2 marriages. His second wife “presented” him with 18 children: 12 twins and 6 triplets. The data from the list was published in 1834 in the Saint-Petersburg Panorama.
In 1783, The Gentleman’s Magazine published an article that included a list regarding the Vassilyev’s case. The author of the list says that the “extraordinary fecundity” may come from “the man singly, or the woman, or both jointly,” but it’s more likely that the reason was Feodor, as the story repeated with his second wife.
The Lancet’s article claims that the French Academy of Sciences tried to investigate the case and addressed the Imperial Academy of St Petersburg. They were told the Vassilyevs lived in Moscow and received favors from the government.
Bonus: “The Vassilyev family”
This photograph is often considered to represent the Vassilyevs, but this is actually a mistake. In this picture, you can see the family of Joseph F. Smith, one of the presidents of the LDS Church. He was married 6 times and became the father of 45 biological and 5 adopted children.
So, which side are you on after reading all these facts? Do you agree with the scientists that it’s almost impossible to survive so many labors and still have healthy children? Do you prefer to trust the historical facts? Or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle, with your own truth? Share your opinion in the comments below — we’re eager to know it!