Sorry - misread my source. Mrs B's mother had 4 children by her first
marriage (Isabella was the eldest and her father died when she was
four), then 13 by her second marriage. He second husband already had 4
making a grand total of 21 ! No idea whether any were twins or triplets.

Nicky
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From: "Nicky Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Girlsown" <[EMAIL PROTECTED] >
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: [GO] RE: [BD] WSVS - Background / Mrs Beeton


> Combination of peritonitis and  puerperal fever (I assume this would
be
> quite dangerous even now). BTW she acquired her housekeeping skills as
> the eldest of her mother's 14 children (to which her stepfather added
> another 4 from a previous marriage). So it's hardly surprising she
> married and left home at the earliest possible opportunity !
>
> Nicky

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