Teen shares what it was like growing up with over 100 siblings

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Murray Blackmore talks about how it's like growing up with 149 siblings. Photo: Supplied/Kayezer0
Murray Blackmore talks about how it's like growing up with 149 siblings. Photo: Supplied/Kayezer0

Murray Blackmore has gained some notoriety online after sharing about his family via TikTok.

As the the 66th child of polygamist Winston Blackmore, Murray started posting about his unusual family after leaving the community where he was raised along with his 150 siblings.

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He soon realised just how curious people were about his family after the first clip went viral, and he has since asked people to send him more questions to which he responds in short clips.

According to Murray, his father has 27 wives. Murray's oldest sibling is 44 years old while the youngest sibling is just one year old.

Read: Father of 151 children aims to have more once married to his 17th wife

Naming creativity 

He also explains how, when you have as many as 150 children, some creativity in naming them is required.

Murray says that the family decided to use the alphabet to name the offspring of all the different wives. 

For example, Murray explains that in his cohort of 12 children, of which three of are boys and nine are girls, their parents decided to give each child a name starting with the letter M.

Family dynamics

Schooling and making friends with his siblings came naturally for Murray, as they all attended the same school. Despite having so many siblings, Murray says he is only really close to a few. 

Interestingly enough, Murray says that people often assume that because his father has 27 wives, all the wives have children. But that is not the case and only 22 wives have children.

Living arrangements

Not all the wives stay in the same house. There are six main houses where Murray grew up, and he says that his family would come together in the morning to have breakfast. 

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Murray says that there is also a separate house set aside for the teenagers to stay in, since there are just "too many of them." 

He says that because there are always three or more children born in a year, the family works together to raise the kids by growing a food garden, canning, and supporting the family by working. 

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