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In 1872, The Burlington Free Press printed a story about a 98-year-old widow in Vermont who’d given birth to 23 children.
Marie Abert was born in Quebec in 1773 and married her late husband, Francois Peppin, at the age of 17. They left Canada for Vermont in 1838.
It was noticeable, in conversation with the old lady, that while her memory of the names and ages of her elder children was quite distinct, her recollection of the latter ones who have died grew indistinct, after the fifteenth or sixteenth, and the names of four she was unable to give us.
Here are the names of most of her children:
1. Francois 2. Antoine 3. Marie 4. Jean Baptise 5. Pierre 6. Joseph 7. Oliver 8. Pauline (twin) 9. Clemence (twin) 10. Julia 11. Andrew 12. Timothy 13. Hortense 14. Clemence 15. Zoe 16. “After Zoe came four children, two boys and two girls, all of whom died young.” 17. ? 18. ? 19. ? 20. Bruno 21. Paul 22. Seth 23. ? (boy)
Marie and Francois also had at least 99 grandchildren and 98 great-grandchildren.
Which of the 23 names — the ones that are known, anyway — is your favorite?