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Today is February 5.

Familypedia people who were born on this day

  Father Mother Birth place
Cyril Asquith (1890-1954) Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852-1928) Helen Kelsall Melland (1854-1891)
Lydia Townsend Tatum Atkinson (1843-1901) George Tatum Atkinson (1810-1894) Elizabeth Townsend Bond (1814-1892) Mullica Hill, New Jersey, United States
Simeon Eben Baldwin (1840-1927) Roger Sherman Baldwin (1793-1863) Emily Pitkin Perkins (1796-1874) New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
Melvin Russell Ballard (1897-1982) Melvin Joseph Ballard (1873-1939) Martha Annabelle Jones (1873-1952) Logan, Cache County, Utah
Sarah Marinda Bates (1817-1888) Cyrus Bates (1792-1839) Lydia Harrington (1795-1873) Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, United States
Lucy Winifred Bowden (1882-1968) William Bowden (1853-1895) Maria Levingston (1859-1945) Walcha, New South Wales, Australia
Auguste Brunswik (1893-c1965) Romeo Brunswik (1862-c1935) Auguste Holborn (1866-1896) Göttingen, Germany
Cornelis Buisman (1694-1778) Gerrit Buisman (c1664-1721) Trijn Knips (c1660-1739) Grootebroek, North Holland, Netherlands
Walter Butler (1770-1820) John Butler (1740-1795) Frances S.E. Wandesford
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Familypedia people who died on this day

  Father Mother Death place Age at death
Joseph Adair (1745-1820) James Adair (1714-1796) Eleanor Unknown Adair (1726-1803) Laurens County, South Carolina
John William Albury (1849-1889) John Albury (1823-1855) Mary Ann Masters (1822-1901) Taree, New South Wales, Australia 40
Mary Beamon (c1680-1720) John Beamon (c1660-) Mary Unknown (c1660-) Middlesex County, Virginia 40
Barbara Behringer (1610-1670) Lorenz Behringer (-1619) Walpurgis Baden, Germany
William Jefferson Blythe (1884-1935) Henry Patton Foote Blythe (1851-1898) Frances Ellen Hines (1857-1936) Grayson County, Texas, United States 51
Minnie Merlene Boxsell (1902-1936) Richard Boxsell (1865-1936) Minnie Anne Graham (1866-1920) Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
Minnie Merlene Boxsell (1902-1936) Richard Boxsell (1865-1936) Minnie Anne Graham (1866-1920) Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
Paul Bushell (c1768-1853) Alfred Bushell (bef1768) Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia 85
Ira Caro (1905-1975) Max Caro (1882-c1920) Theodora O. Jensen (1885-1910) Downers Grove, Du Page County, Illinois, United States 70
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Familypedia people who were first married on this day

  Father Mother Joined with-g1 Wedding1 place
Hannah Amphlett (1694-1784) James Amphlett (1648-1725) Martha Matthews (1644-1724) Thomas Harley (c1693-1757) Abberley, Broadwas, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Eleonore von Anhalt-Zerbst (1608-1681) Rudolf von Anhalt-Zerbst (1576-1621) Dorothea Hedwig von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1587-1609) Friedrich von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Norburg (1581-1658) Nordborg
George Tatum Atkinson (1810-1894) John Atkinson (1756-1837) Elizabeth Borton (1768-1838) Elizabeth Townsend Bond (1814-1892) Salem, New Jersey, United States
Oswald Dunnill Avison (1878-1954) Andrew Avison (1834-1882) Ann Clapham (1835-1913) Miriam A. F. Blain Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Neville Allan Blanchette (1888-) Allan George Blanchette (1865-) Ellen Josephine Pratt Grace Eileen Martin (1894-) Bombay, India
Thomas Boxsell (1799-1875) William Boxsell (c1773) Ann (c1777) Mary Ann Puxted (1802-1875) Salehurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Mary Elizabeth Brogden (1857-1946) Joseph Brogden (c1805-c1859) Mary Starky (bef1822-c1892) Charles Crouch (c1851-1914) All Saints' Church, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Abraham Browne (1639-1667) Abraham Brown (1579-1650) Lydia Hodges (c1595-1686) Mary Dix (1639-1675) Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Mary Jane Browne (1840-1894) John Browne (1803-1881) Elizabeth Mary Alcorn (1806-1876) John McElhone (1833-1898) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Familypedia people who had their second wedding (or first after a liaison) on this day

  Father Mother Joined with-g2 Wedding2 place
George Browne, 4th Baronet Browne of Caversham (-1729) John Browne, 1st Baronet Browne of Caversham (c1631-c1680) Elizabeth Bradley (?-?) Mary Thorold (?-?)
Henry Fitzalan-Howard (1847-1917) Henry G. Fitzalan-Howard (1815-1860) Augusta M.M.C. Lyons (1821-1886) Gwendolen Constable-Maxwell (1877-1945)
Roswell Murray (1769-1832) Ezra Murray (1741-1815) Hannah Gould (1744-) Fanny Young (1787-1859) Windham County, Vermont
Friedrich von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Norburg (1581-1658) John II von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön (1545-1622) Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Grubenhagen (1550-1586) Eleonore von Anhalt-Zerbst (1608-1681) Nordborg
Ebenezer Robinson (1816-1891) Nathan Robinson (1764-1860) Mary Brown (1774-1827) Martha Alice Cunnington (1855-1896) Davis City, Decatur County, Iowa
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