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A small church in the middle of nowhere rewarded us with the best find we have made in all our years as grave hunters!
Margaret, Elizabeth, Catherine and Isaac were quads born on February 17th 1856. They lived for 4, 4, 5 and 11 days respectively. In the pre fertility treatment era quads were exceptionally rare - approximately 1 in 750,000 live births.
Hugh, the older brother of the quads, died on March 1st 1856 aged 5. Isaac, the father of the quads, died on March 6th 1856 and Hannah, the older sister of the quads, died on March 10th 1856 aged 5. I suspect that Hugh and Hannah were twins?
In less than 2 weeks Margaret Hughes had lost six children and her husband.
Martin Nicholson - Church Stretton, Shropshire, United Kingdom.
This page was last updated on August 19th 2013