A family on Canada’s Prince Edward Island has become one of the rare few to have six generations living at once. Following the birth of a baby boy last week, the family’s matriarch, 92 year old Tish Lidstone, is now a great-great-great grandmother. Lidstone’s great-great grandson, 17-year-old Morgan Wallace, welcomed his first child, a son named Kartar, on Jan. 28, 2017.
Curious about the likelihood of so many generations alive in one family, the baby’s great-grandmother Janice Annand, 51, searched online and found very few similar cases. That’s when she knew they had something special. So she tweeted at news outlets hoping they would pick up her clan’s extraordinary story.
“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly, but I was really pleased when CBC News got back to me,” Janice Annand tells CountryLiving.com. “It’s one of them things you thank God every day that you’re alive and that you can live to see,” great-great-great grandmother Lidstone told CBC Radio’s Island Morning this week.
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She and members from all five successive generations live within 15 minutes of each other in western Prince Edward Island, roughly 65 miles from the town that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.
“My grandmother can’t believe she’s still here to see six generations,” says Annand. There aren’t many families in the six-generation club: There’s one in the U.K.; one in the U.S. (from Terre Haute, Indiana); and, now, two in Canada, including this family from Alberta. An American family holds the record for the most generations alive in a single family (seven), according to Guinness World Records. The Lidstone tribe hasn’t take a photograph with all six generations yet, but plans to do so this weekend.