Five generation family lives in Mulberry

It's not the Brady Bunch. It's not the Jeffersons and it's not your average family. It's a Mulberry five generation family.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 11:07 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 6:38 AM

MULBERRY, Ind. (WLFI) — It's not the Brady Bunch. It's not the Jeffersons, and it's not your average family. It's a five generation family in Mulberry.

The family consists of the Richardson's, Bray's and Stoops'.

"Things are a little bit different now grandma," said 18-year-old Steven Stoops.

"Things are a little bit different now," said Steven's great-great-grandmother Helen Richardson replied.

Now, there's a new baby in the town of a little more than 1,000. Steven Stoops and his fiance, Jaleigh, welcomed home their daughter 7 pound 14 ounce Kinzleigh on Valentine's Day.

Stoops' grandma didn't necessarily plan for the addition. The saying goes the more the merrier and you can tell this family is close by how close they sit together on the couch.

"I think family comes first before anything else," said 14-year-old Samantha Stoops.

"We are extremely close I think," said Samantha's mother Tracy Bray.

"Me and my mom are pretty close," said Samantha. "I'm pretty close with my brothers."

Richardson, the matriarch, the glue, the 88-year old, is thankful for that bond.

"I tell ya I don't know what I would have done without Tracy's children," said Richardson. "They both have been great help."

Even with that family first mentality Tracy Bray's mom Donna has something she'd change.

"Maybe living a little bit closer," said Donna. "I need to be a little bit closer to them probably or something."

Tracy's family, as she likes to say, is just a hop and skip away from her grandma's house.

"They should appreciate the older people in their life instead of just being all footloose and fancy free," said Richardson.

Helen offered that tip to her great-grandchildren and says this about the future.

"I hope I live long enough to see this one [Kinzleigh] at least be a teenager," said Richardson.

According to Guiness World Records, the most generations in one family is seven.

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