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Synod Inn pensioner David Jones's 79 living descendants

If you think you have a lot of relatives to remember at Christmas, spare a thought for David Jones.

The 83-year-old from Ceredigion writes cards and buys presents for his 79 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The retired trucker from Synod Inn, near Llandysul, has three more great-grandchildren on the way, and confesses it is hard to keep track.

But he has still managed to write 110 Christmas cards to friends and family.

Mr Jones, whose wife died four years ago after 52 years of marriage, has seven children, 38 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

However, the entire family has never been in the same room together.

"We'd need to hire a hall to fit us all in," he joked.

The walls of his home are covered with photographs of his family, which he says resembles an art gallery.

He admitted: "I've got that many I can't even remember their names.

Birthday card

"If there are any birthdays due my daughter, Carol, lets me know in good time and I get them a card.

Image caption Relatively speaking: David Jones and just a few members of his extended family

"I couldn't do without them and they've been no trouble to me. We've always been a close family."

He joked: "I don't know what it is. It must be the Ceredigion air or something.

Family history expert Cat Whiteaway, who co-presents Look up your Genes on BBC Radio Wales, which helps people with their family history hunt, said it was unusual to have so many living descendants.

"I have not heard of somebody having so many," she said.

"It isn't a record breaker, but it's a fairly substantial number for the UK."

According to Guinness World Records, Mr Jones has a long way to go before he breaks the record for living descendants.

A spokesman said: "At the time of his death on 15 October 1992, Samuel S Mast (USA), aged 96, of Fryburg, Pennsylvania, had 824 living descendants.

"The roll call comprised 11 children, 97 grandchildren, 634 great-grandchildren and 82 great-great-grandchildren."

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