Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

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QUINCY, Ill. -- An Illinois couple has expanded their family again this year.

Leo and Ruth Zanger just welcomed their 100th grandchild into the family, Jaxton Zanger. He was born April 8.

Leo and Ruth have been married for 59 years. They have 12 children, 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

The family says they're very close and love to celebrate. When they throw a party, it includes a shopping list with 50 pounds of ham or 10 turkeys.

Because their family is large enough to violate fire codes, they usually host their parties at a church hall.


  • Bonnie

    My parents have been married for 74 years (my dad is 96 & my mother is 92) They have 7 children, 31 grandchildren, 73 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild for a total of 122 direct descendants and 105 grandchildren (another great-great grandchild is due in September)

  • k

    Sounds like my grandma!! 15 kids and 150+ grandchildren, greats, and great greats!!! trying to think… there may even be a great great great…..
    And up until a year ago, she would send every single one of us a birthday card each year!!! We have to do the church get togethers too!!

    • Mikee

      “What most frequently meets our view (and occasions complaint) is our teeming population. Our numbers are burdensome to the world, which can hardly support us…. In very deed, pestilence, and famine, and wars, and earthquakes have to be regarded as a remedy for nations, as the means of pruning the luxuriance of the human race.” -Tertullian, 225 AD

      People have been complaining that the world is overpopulated for literally, thousands of years. For your sake, it’s probably a good thing no one did anything about it way back then, eh?


      James: You compare children to clowns. Decent people view children as the hope of the future.
      Obviously there is no room in your world for children. What a sad empty future lays ahead for you.

  • ndawn90

    My great grandparents are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this summer and they have 7 children, 35 grandchildren, 80+ grandchildren and 5 great-great-babies, with new ones always on the way!

  • bob

    Ever notice how people who complain about overpopulation never include themselves in that category?

  • Patrick Thornton

    This is great, but my wife’s grandparents (married 60 years or so) have over 200 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with many more being born each year.

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