The woman lived 76 years and from 1725 to 1765 she gave birth to 69 children: 4 quadruplets, 7 triples, and 16 pairs of twins. Her husband was a peasant in the XVIII century. His wife got into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest mother in history.
The first mention of their children is found in the 1783 issue of The Gentleman’s Magazine (No. 53, p. 753, London). It says that this information, “although amazing, deserves full confidence because it was transmitted by an English merchant from St. Petersburg directly to his relatives in England; he also mentions that the peasant will be presented to the Empress.”
Many sources, of course, questioned the accuracy of this information. Apparently, no one has double-checked this information, therefore it is unlikely that the truth will ever be discovered. Nonetheless, information about Vasiliev’s offspring is included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Unfortunately, no reliable photographs of the Vasiliev family exist. The photographs in this article are frequently used to illustrate this story, however, there is no proof that they are of Fedor, Valentina, and their children. A woman may give birth 27 times in her lifetime, according to biology.