According to the Diario de Natal, the state capital, it all began when Oliveira, a native of the community of Campo Grande, lost his first wife, with whom he had 17 children.
After his official companion passed away, Oliveira reconciled with Maria Francisca da Silva, 65, with whom he had 17 further children and who helped him raise the children.
Ozelita, Maria Francisca’s sister and the farmer’s sister-in-law, used to visit the couple’s home to help with chores while also developing close relationships with Oliveira, from which 15 more children were born.
The mother of both ladies, Francisca Maria, 89, with whom Oliveira has another descendant, furthered the unique circumstances.
He had a total of 33 children with his wife, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law in addition to the 17 children he already had from his first marriage, albeit not all of them have lived to adulthood.
The elderly man, who had 100 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, said that «the thing that God made greatest in the universe was women.»
Because he had always preferred the companionship of women, Oliveira noted that he might be unaware of having more offspring «out there.»
Oliveira said, «I don’t know how to say everyone’s name, but I know that I have many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren scattered around.» Oliveira has a large family divided across two residences.
Oliveira claims that he misses his days of cultivating in the orchard and being a conqueror outside of battle despite the fact that he is well over retirement age, has not smoked or drunk in 40 years, and enjoys outstanding health.