Claim: A photograph shows Valentina Vassilyeva posing with her 69 children.
|TRUE: Valentina Vassilyeva is recorded as having given birth to |
|FALSE: A photograph shows Valentina Vassilyeva posing with her |
Example: [Collected via Twitter,January 2015]
The woman who had 69 children pic.twitter.com/ud9M5b1tyG
— History In Pictures (@itsHlSTORY) January 13, 2015
Origins: Valentina Vassilyeva was a Russian peasant who lived from 1707 to 1782 and reportedly gave birth to an astonishing number of children during her lifetime. The quantity of offspring attributed to her is usually claimed to be 69, a figure that
includes a whopping
Although there may be some disagreement about precisely how many children Valentina birthed, her prolific uterus has been fairly well documented.
The Guinness Book of World Records found the claim plausible enough to name Valentina Vassilyeva as “The World’s Most Prolific Mother”:
Vassilyev, a peasant from Shuya (near Moscow), Russia, gave birth to a total of
A photo purportedly showing Valentina Vassilyeva and her
However, Vassilyeva is not the woman pictured in the viral photo displayed above. This image, which appeared in an article about polygamy published in the Utah Historical Quarterly, actually shows
Valentina Vassilyeva and her 69 children became associated with the photograph in 2012 when the web site
Valentina may hold the title of “The World’s Most Prolific Mother,” but her husband, Feodor Vassilyev, can boast of a larger parental achievement. The Russian peasant, who had another six sets of twins and two sets of triplets (eighteen in all) with another woman, fathered a grand total of
Last updated: 14 January 2015