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She had my grandfather at 52

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 28, 2007 | 0 comments

I’ve been told, although I don’t know how true it is because I obviously wasn't around at the time, but my great grandmother apparently had my grandfather at the ripe old age of 52.

Her first and only child. I’ve got all the dates in our copy of the family tree that has been researched on the 1901 census and it all tallies up with what I was told. Now working on the theory that IVF [in vitro fertilization], etc. didn’t even exist in those days, it must of been a natural conception.

Unfortunately he died at 26 killed in the war, but she actually outlived him -living to the age of 84. She moved in with his wife, bringing up his 3 children when he went of to war, so it just goes to show there is hope.

I, too, only believe half of what I read on the internet, newspapers etc., but there has to be some truth sometimes. We can’t just dismiss everything because we don’t think it's true.


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