With an average of around seven children, Amish families are hefty by modern standards.
Farm families tend to be the biggest. A dozen or more children is not rare.
But the largest Amish family ever? Read on to learn about one possibility:
John Troyer, who lived near Kokomo, Indiana, had an unusually large family, perhaps the largest of all time among the Amish or Mennonites. John was first married to Catherine Schrock who bore him twelve children. Following her death he married her cousin Caroline (Schrock) Kendall, a young widow with two children. John and Caroline in turn had seventeen additional children. This made a total of 31 children.
No word on whether John needed name tags to keep track of them all.
(Source: Joseph Stoll, “Amish and Mennonite Family Names”, Family Life, March 1969)Looking for more good reading on the Amish? Check out our list of best Amish books.