I thought we were an anomaly - we being the family I was born into - but after days of researching and entering names, most of the families in the 1800s had large families. Maybe not all had 17, or 14, but if they had around ten children that seemed to be the norm.
The family I was working on today is the Dillon family. My great-grandmother was a Scott, married a Dillon. Her Scott family siblings were those who died young.
Ta ta for now,