A Kentucky woman built a clan of loved ones so that there are enough family members to fill an entire apartment. MaeDell Taylor Hawkins, 98, may be confined to a bed in a nursing home but she’s still going strong with the 622nd grandchild ready to pop this summer.
The blessings keep trickling in with each new addition and the family tree is extensive with six generations of living children. Taylor Hawkins has “106 grandchildren, 222 great-grandchildren, 234 great-great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-great-grandchildren living across the U.S.”
Raising kids can be a challenging endeavour and Taylor Hawkins did it without running water and modern appliances such as a washer or dryer. Recently, she had the opportunity of meeting her great-great-great-grandchild for the first time. Taylor Hawkins was able to hold seven-month-old Zhavia Whitaker in the presence of other family members.
Gracie Snow Howell, her 58-year-old granddaughter, shared a photo of the visit on social media and it went viral with people shocked at the family line.
If people are wondering how this is even possible, Taylor Hawkins married at the age of 16 and her husband, 50 at the time, was a widower with 10 kids. He and Taylor Hawkins carried on to have 13 more children of their own.
Then the family tree continued, Taylor Hawkins’ children began having kids at the age of 19. From there, the branches just kept extending to keep the love flowing in abundance.