Five generations of family mark birthday of great great grandmother from Gorse Hill (From This Is Wiltshire)
Five generations of family mark birthday of great great grandmother from Gorse Hill
FIVE generations and more than 40 family members came together as 84-year-old great great grandmother Joyce Fenwick celebrated a lineage of girls.
Joyce, of Mervyn Webb Place, Gorse Hill, made the journey to Worthing to meet 10-week-old Freya Pond.
Freya completed a track record of the Fenwick family having a girl in each of their five generations, and Joyce made the 116-mile trip to meet her great-great granddaughter, despite being wheelchair bound and in ill health.
She said: “I am so very proud. All the family was there, which was absolutely lovely.
“There were the five generations and the two little great-great grandchildren.With five generations it is a huge family, but we are all very close.
“All my sons still live in Swindon, so I have got all my boys with me and we are very well looked after here.
“It was very special for me to have everyone together at the same time. My daughter used to come to visit quite a bit but ill health has stopped her, and that will probably be my last time going down there.”
Joyce’s clan has blossomed, and she has six children, two step-children, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, as well as the two great-great grandchildren.
Her eldest granddaughter, Joanna Pond, puts the long line down to early births.
She said: “This is the first time our family has had five generations of girls, which is quite unusual.
“My nan came to visit us and she was excited about the whole thing. It is very special.
“My nan was 17 when she had my mum, and she went on to have six children. My mum was 24 when she had her first child, I was 20 when I had my first, and I went on to have four children. My eldest, Alice, was 19 when she had her first, Oliver, and 22 when she had Freya.
“It is lovely having a young family, and I am young enough to appreciate my grandchildren and have a run around with them.
“I have only heard of one other family with five generations, and the great-great grandmother was nearly 100, so I think my nan is pretty unique.”
With families of multiple children, anomalies are thrown up, and Joanna said some can cross the generation gap.
“My nan was pregnant at the same time as my mum, so my uncle is the same age as me,” she added.
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