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Hanna Emerson (1657-1738) - Hannah Dustin (or Duston) - Famous Early American Indian Fighter - First Female American to get a Memorial Statue. One of 15 children herself, this colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of nine was taken captive, with her newborn daughter, by Abenaki Native Americans during King William's War, during the Raid on Haverhill (1697), in which 27 colonists were killed. While detained on an island in the Merrimack River in present-day Boscawen, New Hampshire, she killed and scalped ten of the Native American family members holding them hostage, with the assistance of two other captives. ---read more
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Today is February 28.

Familypedia people who were born on this day

 FatherMotherBirth place
Harriet Albury (1854-1935)John Albury (1823-1855)Mary Ann Masters (1822-1901)Bolwarra, New South Wales, Australia
Eliza Maria Allred (1848-1939)James Tillmon Sanford Allred (1825-1905)Elizabeth Bridget Manwaring (1821-1866)Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
Charles Anthoney (1867-1955)Richard Anthoney (c1837-1929)Ann Betts (c1846-1902)Manning River, New South Wales, Australia
Therese Blackman (1884-1964)John Thomas Blackman (1857-1936)Mary Ann Large (1864-1936)Kelso, New South Wales, Australia
Simeon Blanchard (1801-1875)Thomas Blanchard (1769-1848)Silva Brown (1760-1821)Hartford County, Connecticut
Cecilia Bowes-Lyon (1912-1947)Patrick Bowes-Lyon, 15th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1884-1949)Dorothy Beatrix Godolphin Osborne (1888-1946)Glamis, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom
Richard Cavendish Boyle (1812-1886)Edmund Boyle, 8th Earl of Cork (1767-1856)Isabella Henrietta Poyntz (-1843)
Susanna Carpenter (1666-1753)Ephraim Carpenter (1640-1703)Susannah Harris (1642-1677)Pawtuxet, Providence County, Rhode Island
Elizabeth Amelia Chapman (1874-1962)Welcome Chapman (1849-1900)Mary Adeline Potter (1854-1874)South Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
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Familypedia people who died on this day

 FatherMotherDeath placeAge at death
Roger Amidon (1702-1757)Philip Amidon (1669-1747)Joanna Warfield (1680-1711)Douglas, Worcester County, Massachusetts55
Frederick Arbon (1846-1910)Thomas Arbon (1823-1872)Elizabeth Fisher (1826)Crystal Brook, South Australia, Australia64
Henry Bacon (1857-1945)John Bacon (c1817-1866)Ann Maria Powers (c1812-1914)Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
Henry Durrell Ball (1887-1915)Jasper Clinton Ball (1852-1933)Nellie Rebecca Durrell (1856-1935)Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan38
Friedericke Bauer (1842-1908)Frederick Bauer (1817-)Christina (1821-)Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA
Mercy Bigelow (1686-1745)Samuel Bigelow (1653-1730)Mary Flagg (1657-1720)Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts59
Elizabeth Birchard (1621-1699)Thomas Birchard (1595-c1684)Mary Robinson (1596-1655)Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States78
John Bond (1652-1690)William Bond (1625-1695)Sarah Biscoe (1626-1693)Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts38
Charlotte Annie Amelia Brindley (1869-1934)Edwin Brindley (1831-1881)Clarissa Pearce (1830-1911)Petersham, New South Wales, Australia65
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Familypedia people who were first married on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g1Wedding1 place
Margaret Ann Albury (1831-1913)John Albury (1794-1868)Ann Ralph (1794-1860)John Field (1810-1887)
John Thomas Allen (1857-1919)John Allen (bef1857-)Mary Cook (bef1857-)Hannah Jane Page (1860-1879)Trinity Church, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Israel Arnold (1677-1753)Israel Arnold (1649-1718)Mary Barker (1649-1723)Elizabeth Smith (1672-1718)Rhode Island
Mary Bentinck (c1679-1726)Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649-1709)Anne Villiers (c1651-1688)Algernon Capell, 2nd Earl of Essex (1670-1710)
Jaroslav Borsita von Martinitz (1582-1649)Jaroslav Borsita von Martinitz (1549-1581)Johana Dašická z Barchova (c1560-1592)Maria Eusebia von Sternberg (1584-1634)Prague, Czech Republic
Eva Mary Bowden (1878-1963)Frank W Bowden (1855-1942)Letitia S Smith (1858-1934)Arthur Osborn Hoy (1875-1966)Walcha, New South Wales, Australia
Mary Brecht (1863-1944)Reinhart Brecht (1827-1912)Catherine Wagner (1842-1923)John Joseph Pickart (1860-1942)Norway, Benton County, Iowa, United States
Benjamin Brewster (1633-1710)Jonathan Brewster (1593-1659)Lucretia Oldham (1600-1679)Ann Addis (1628-1708)Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Charles Henry Buerckner (1868-1940)Carl Wilhelm Buerckner (1824-1886)Martha Parish (1849-1921)Elizabeth Shankland Armstrong (1883-1927)Parkes, New South Wales, Australia
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Familypedia people who had their second wedding (or first after a liaison) on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g2Wedding2 place
John Field (1810-1887)John Field (bef1810)Mary Bromley (-1825)Margaret Ann Albury (1831-1913)
Joseph Hutchinson (1633-1716)Richard Hutchinson (1602-1682)Alice Bosworth (1605-1668)Lydia Buxton (1647-)Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
David Walker Sanders (1835-1914)Moses Martin Sanders (1803-1878)Amanda Armstrong Fausett (1810-1885)Rebecca Emily Pritchett (1852-1930)
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (1861-1948)August von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld (1818-1881)Clémentine d'Orléans (1817-1907)Eleanor Reuß zu Schleiz-Köstritz (1860-1917)Coburg, Germany
Percy Edward Williams (c1848-1925)Adeline Gabriel (1859-1958)Rydalmere, New South Wales, Australia
John de Mowbray (1310-1361)John de Mowbray, 2nd Lord Mowbray (1286-1321)Aline de Braose (c1292-1331)Joan Plantagenet (c1310-c1349)
Alice de Toeni (1284-1325)Ralph de Toeni (c1255-1295)Mary (c1260-aft1283)Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick (1278-1315)Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
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    I have created and . Anyone can use them to create new articles or to add to existing "surname in place" articles. Examples are at Smith in Greater London and Forlong in New Zealand.

    I can easily create matching templates for localities and for states/provinces. But before I do that, I'm calling for suggestions for improvements. Comments, please!

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    Quoting from the LostCousins newsletter - "All UK & Ireland records are free at Ancestry's UK site between Saturday 18th February and Monday 20th February. There are around 2000 datasets in the offer, some big, some small..."

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    Smarter userboxes

    January 25, 2017 by Robin Patterson

    Wikipedia's userboxes are getting smarter, and we can adapt them.

    See , then maybe see how I use it on my user page. Note that there are over a dozen options for indicating some link with the place, then see if you can adapt that to create a multi-option template for your favo[u]rite ancestral or 21st-century place!

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    Findmypast hinting records FREE until 15 January. Email message says "tree hints will do the hard work for you, searching our record collections for more information on your relatives and even unearthing ancestors you never knew you had. "

    This link should take you to the search page (but you may have to log in - e.g. with Facebook - to see transc…

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  • Robin Patterson

    Familypedia now has over 50,500 SMW-based articles about individuals. Those are articles that use the best linking and display facilities (although some are admittedly fairly rudimentary). However, we want to have one such article for every person whose existence has ever been documented. We hope all readers are inspired to add pages for their own…

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  • Robin Patterson

    I've created a Category:Couple histories (with a brief explanation on it) and a more explanatory project page with a suggested preload. This can save repetitious typing and amending for a slice of family history that can appropriately appear as a section of each of the articles for a married or unmarried couple and even on the page for any of thei…

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