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Today is February 8.

Familypedia people who were born on this day

  Father Mother Birth place
Ezra Abbot (1772-1847) Abiel Abbot (1741-1809) Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829) Wilton, New Hampshire, United States
Olive S. Adams (1831-1871)
Louis Napoleon Anlezark (1863-1951) Thomas Ainsworth Anlezark (1839-1928) Charlotte Rogan (1842-1870) Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Sarah Bayly (1849-1898) Nicholas Paget Bayly (1814-1879) Sarah Amelia Blackman (1827-1909) Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
Jedediah Bigelow (1714-1792) Samuel Bigelow (1679-1734) Ruth Warren (1681-1716) Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Millicent Eileen Biggs (c1890-) Sukkur, Sukkur District, Sindh, Pakistan
Fidella Sharp Bottom (1836-1923) Samuel Bottom (1799-1882) Mariah Bottom (1806-1855) Washington County, Kentucky, United States of America
Janet Brickell (1937-1999) Walter Ratcliffe Brickell (1904-1969) Margaret Heapp Drummond (1902-1992) Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Robert Alan Burns (1948-) Orris Edward Burns Jr. (1922-2007) Doris Angie Nickerson (1925-1993)
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Familypedia people who died on this day

  Father Mother Death place Age at death
Rachel Abbott (1835-1911) Jonathan Abbott (c1800-c1848) Ada Wright (1799-1882) Everett, Washington, United States 76
Helena Angelina (c1254-1314) Ioannes Angelos (c1193-1259) Mathilde von Vianden (c1234-c1281) Shkodra 60
Joseph James Austin (1888-1890) Frank Urquhart Austin (c1854-1916) Catherine Levingston (1856-1942) Glebe, New South Wales, Australia 2
William Bailey (1854-1936) John Thomas Bailey (c1810-1890) Elizabeth Ann Prosser (1814-1885) Singleton, New South Wales, Australia 82
Laura Eva Barnes (1886-1979) Lecanto, Citrus County, Florida, United States 93
Thomas Belasyse, 1st Earl Fauconberg (1699-1774) Thomas Belasyse, 3rd Viscount Fauconberg (-1718) Bridget Gage (-1732) 75
Robert Blackman (1811-1876) James Blackman (1759-1842) Elizabeth Harley (1765-1842) Running Stream, Rylstone, New South Wales, Australia 65
John Robert Bowden (1864-1955) Thomas Bowden (1824-1914) Hannah M Wattus (1831-1905) Taree, New South Wales, Australia 91
Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon (1883-1961) Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1855-1944) Nina Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck (1862-1938) Carberry, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom 78
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Familypedia people who were first married on this day

  Father Mother Joined with-g1 Wedding1 place
Rosanna Violet Adams (1869-1958) William John Adams (1842-1920) Martha E Cheney (1845-1920) William James McCracken (bef1877-1924) Glenroy, New South Wales, Australia
Richard Alcorn (c1799-1879) Richard Alcorn (c1771-1812) Sarah Stedman (c1776-1832) Charlotte Golledge (1808-1851) Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Hannah Bushell (1836-1893) Paul Bushell (c1768-1853) Isabella Brown (1801-1883) Robert Greentree (1829-1880) Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia
Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) Henry L Butler (1833-1904) Mary J Murray (1838-1912) Susanna Edwards Schuyler (1863-1897)
Catherine I de Courtenay (1274-1308) Philippe de Courtenay (1243-1283) Beatrice of Naples (1252-1275) Charles de Valois (1270-1325)
Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck (1873-1938) Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck (1819-1877) Augusta Browne, 1st Baroness Bolsover (1834-1893) Philip Edward Morrell (1870-1943) London, England, United Kingdom
Jane Duncan (1873) Ellen Owen (c1847) Robert Hester (1859-1935) Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas
Elizabeth Eldridge (1854-1937) Daniel Eldridge (c1805-1864) Elizabeth Gunyon (1814-aft1854) Thomas Hone (1844-1924) St Saviour's Church of England, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Rosemary Isabel Forbes (1913-2002) James Grant Forbes (1879-1955) Margaret Tyndal Winthrop (1880-1970) Richard John Kerry (1915-2000) Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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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
William Darfield (c1852-1927) George Darfield (bef1852) Elizabeth Sharp (bef1852) Clara Catherine Thomsen (1859-1924) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Christian Ernst von Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1644-1712) Erdmann August von Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1615-1651) Sofie von Brandenburg-Ansbach (1614-1646) Sofie Luise von Württemberg-Stuttgart (1642-1702) Stuttgart
Phinehas Richards (1788-1874) Joseph Richards (1762-1840) Rhoda Howe (1762-1838) Mary Vail Morse (1788-1874) Winter Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska
John Tenney (1723-1808) John Tenney (1692-1732) Hannah Jewett (1699-1801) Hannah Hall (1727-1811)
Ulrich von Oettingen-Flochberg (c1418-1477) Friedrich III. Oettingen (c1352-1423) Euphemia von Münsterberg (-1447) Barbara of Poděbrady (1446-1474)
Ulrich V. von Württemberg-Stuttgart (1413-1480) Eberhard IV. von Württemberg (1388-1419) Henriette de Montfaucon (1387-1444) Elisabeth von Bayern-Landshut (1419-1451) Stuttgart, Germany
Johann Albrecht I. zu Solms-Braunfels (1563-1623) Konrad zu Solms-Braunfels (1540-1592) Elisabeth von Nassau-Dillenburg (1542-1603) Juliana von Nassau-Dillenburg (1565-1630) Simmern, Germany
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