Over Two Hundred Offspring

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
January 27, 1899 Page 5
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Over Two Hundred Offspring.

Georgia Woman Kept Busy Visiting Her Many Descendants.

Albany, Ga., January 22. ---Mrs. Sallie Shiver, who lives in the eastern portion of this county, has 235 living children, grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to these, seventy-five of the old lady’s descendants are dead, making the total number 310. The 235th link in the old lady’s lineage came last week, and is the cause of objection on her part on unique grounds. She asserts that, as she considers it her duty to visit each relative once in two years, the ever extending circle draws on her strength more than she can spare.

Mrs. Shiver is in her 90th year, but enjoys remarkably good health. She can walk several miles without experiencing unusual fatigue. Her mind is clear, and the weight of nearly 100 years has left little impress on her erect carriage. She is a perfect mine regarding local and state history, and is a great favorite as a raconteur. The remarkable progeny for which Mrs. Shiver is responsible sprang from the seven children born to her and Manning Shiver, who died in 1865 at the age of 60 years. The oldest child is 70 and the youngest 43. From this stock has spread out, in fan-like array, the immense family, probably unrivaled in numbers in the south. Each descendant having a family receives a visit from Grandmother Shiver in regular rotation. She completes the circuit once in about two years, and makes but a short stop under each roof. Her coming is always regarded as an event of great importance, and each household takes a vacation on the occasion of her visits.


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