MaeDell, the family’s matriarch, the oldest member at 98, meets her great-great-granddaughter.
Recently, a moving moment was captured in a photo when six generations of a family posed together for a photo in a hospital ward, where the oldest of all women lay in bed, but lucid and strong.
The family ranges in age from 7 weeks to 98 years, with MaeDell, the family matriarch, being the oldest member at 98, WearTV notes.
MaeDell has lived to see her great-great-granddaughter, which is only seven weeks old. And she will soon welcome her third great-grandchild.
The family’s history and its multiple generations is quite remarkable, as MaeDell had 13 children with her first husband and lived without modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing.
She then married a second man, who was a widower with ten children.
So MaeDell raised them all together. The ten of her new husband and the 13 of his.
Despite the hardships, the family never went hungry or lacked love, and MaeDell’s wit and knowledge of medicinal plants and flowers helped her support her large family.
MaeDell has outlived two husbands and will turn 99 on July 19.
Although she now lives in a nursing home after a fall at home, her mind and memory remain sharp. The family is praying that she lives to be a hundred years old or older. The family’s history is a testament to the enduring power of love and family, and her photo of six generations of her is a moving tribute to her remarkable story.
The most generations alive in a single family is seven, according to Guinness World Records. That record was achieved by the family of Mrs Augusta Bunge of the USA, who was born in 1872 and was 115 years old.
At the time of her death in 1987, Augusta had 80 grandchildren, 326 great-grandchildren, 540 great-great-grandchildren, and 120 great-great-grandchildren. Her offspring continued to multiply; as of 2018, her family had over 1,000 living descendants.
It is important to note that this record is based on verifiable evidence, so it is possible that there are families with more generations alive that Guinness World Records have not officially recognized.