Micki Smith says that your great-great-great-grandfather probably owned just one shirt.
Why did your ancestor own only a single shirt?
Well, Smith said, in order to provide it, your great-great-great-grandmother had to grow, gather, ret, clean, spin and weave the flax, to create linen, or raise the sheep, shear them, skirt the wool, wash, dry, pick, card and spin it, and then weave or knit the garment.
Plus, this was in addition to minding the children, doing the laundry, milking the cow, cooking the meals, tending the house and garden, etc., Smith said. [Link]