Triplets turn 50 and celebrate different birthdays

The Jamison family triplets are in the record book.

When the Elgin-born siblings entered the world on three separate days in 1956, it marked the longest recorded interval in the births of triplets. Today, their names and their mother’s nearly 67 hours of labor have been added to the Guinness World Records book.

“It was a long time that we were waiting for it,” Catherine Jamison Able, the second born of the trio, said of their addition to Guinness. “I wish my parents were here to enjoy the moment.”

Christine Berdeguez-Jamison was born Jan. 2, 1956, followed by her sister Catherine on Jan. 3 and their younger brother Calvin Jamison on Jan. 4.

The two sisters live in Columbia, and Calvin Jamison resides in Atlanta. Now 51, the three plan to gather in early December for an official celebration in Columbia with family and friends.

“You can’t put a price on it,” Berdeguez-Jamison said earlier this week as she gazed at the official certificate bearing the Guinness seal.

Earning that certificate required the family to provide extensive documentation, including birth certificates, a signature from each sibling and written news accounts. The process started two years ago, and Guinness officially certified the selection last summer. But Berdeguez-Jamison had since relocated and didn’t learn about it until she e-mailed Guinness in recent weeks.

Once she did, she called her sister right away, but didn’t tell her brother until nearly two weeks later.

“I didn’t call him until I had the certificate in my hand,” she said. “He’s that kind of person that you have to have proof.”

Calvin Jamison applauded his sibling’s restraint.

“My sisters have a lot of ideas, and they are consistently moving with things. And sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t,” he said.

The youngest sibling admitted he initially questioned the chances of setting a record. “I’m not up on medical science, but I thought it was something that happened pretty frequently back in the day,” he said.

What distinguished the Jamisons’ births was the interval between the first and last deliveries. Christine Berdeguez-Jamison was born at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 2, Catherine Jamison Able was born at 10 a.m. Jan. 3, and Calvin Jamison didn’t arrive until 9:55 p.m. Jan. 4.

The three have consistently credited their parents, particularly their mother, for the feat.

“They really deserve all the credit,” Berdeguez-Jamison said.

The Jamisons grew up in Blaney, now Elgin. Their parents, Robert and Louise Jamison, had 11 children the triplets being the eighth, ninth and 10th.

The siblings don’t recall their mother talking much about their births, but as time passed they became more aware of the special circumstances.

Berdeguez-Jamison first decided to submit their story to Guinness after picking up a copy of the book while on a trip to New York several years ago. She said she wondered at the time whether Guinness had ever heard a story like theirs.

The Jamisons’ names will debut in the Guinness World Records book when the 2009 edition is released.

“We’re just proud to be in the book, and we’re going to try to do some celebrating and give God all the praise and glory, and also to our parents,” Calvin Jamison said.

August 16, 2007 | Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC)Author: Bertram Rantin McClatchy Newspapers | Page: C5 | Section: LOCAL


  1. I am a triplet born in Mullins, South Carolina in 1943. Two of us are alive the other one passed a week ago. My telephone number is (336)-669-1775. I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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