It was a different tale for many of our ancestors. Anyone who has delved into their family history will be only too aware that large families were often the norm. And you don’t need to go back too far to find the evidence. Both of my grandfathers shared their parent’s affections with seven or more siblings. My late step-father was one of thirteen.
Two of my great great grandparents, Thomas Thorne and Annie Jane Longman, had ten children in total, including twins Bertha Beatrice and Frances Lillian.
I have to thank a fellow researcher for this wonderful picture of Frances Lillian (1886-1969). Imagine what a surprise it was to learn that she is pictured here with the six eldest of her sixteen children. Yes, sixteen!
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