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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 20.

Familypedia people who were born on this day

 FatherMotherBirth place
Samuel Arbuthnot (1759-1844)Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
William Averice Ard (1885-)Moses Caswell 'Bunk' Ard (1857-1934)Elizabeth McKenzie (1855-1931)Marion County, Mississippi, United States
Richard Barnes (1631-1708)Richard Barnes (1600-1635)Agnes Bent (1602-1639)
Edward Bayly (1684-1741)Nicholas Bayly (bef1631-)Dorothy Hall (-c1714)
Lilian Elizabeth Blundred (1916-1990)John Thomas Blundred (1896-)Mary Jane Broadaway (1897-1978)Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
John Bradford (1653-1736)William Bradford (1624-1704)Alice Richards (1629-1671)Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
James Gordon Brown (1951)John Ebenezer Brown (1914-1998)Jessie Elizabeth Souter (1918-2004)Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kenneth George Christie Brown (1902-1957)George Brown (1875-1953)Minnie Ethel Christie (1877-1918)Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Arthur Capell, 1st Baron Capell (1604-1649)Henry Capell (c1574-1622)Theodosia Montagu (1577-1615)
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Familypedia people who died on this day

 FatherMotherDeath placeAge at death
Henricus Nicolaas Adama van Scheltema (1786-1870)Nicolaas Cornelis Scheltema (1755-1816)Catharina Anna Adama (1763-1823)84
Ida Ellen Adams (1884-1955)William John Adams (1842-1920)Martha E Cheney (1845-1920)Albury, New South Wales, Australia71
Samuel Arbuthnot (1759-1844)Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, United States85
Thomas George Barber (1886-1968)George Henry Barber (1865-c1958)Sarah Jane Baker (1867-1903)Taree, New South Wales, Australia82
William Bradford (1624-1704)William Bradford (1590-1657)Alice Carpenter (1583-1670)Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts80
George Browne, 4th Baronet Browne of Caversham (-1729)John Browne, 1st Baronet Browne of Caversham (c1631-c1680)Elizabeth Bradley (?-?)
Josef Brunswik von Korompa (1750-1827)Anton Brunswik von Korompa (c1717-1780)Maria Anna von Adelffy (1720-1771)Pressburg, Austrian Empire77
Rose Byers (1878-1953)Robert Byers (1856-1930)Sarah Jane Winks (1858-1914)Ulan, New South Wales, Australia75
Welcome Chapman (1849-1900)Welcome Chapman (1805-1893)Susan Amelia Risley (1807-1888)St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona, United States51
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Familypedia people who were first married on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g1Wedding1 place
Daisy Ethel Ackerman (1898-1969)Edwin Carlos Ackerman (1847-1917)Mary Priscilla Jane Freel (1854-1934)Edward Marshall Crosier (1893-1969)Marysville, Marshall County, Kansas, United States
James Badger (1772-1850)Joshua Badger (1751-1787)Ruth Waite (1752-1837)Hannah Sawyer (1777-1824)Templeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Edwin Baldwin (1805-1868)Henry Baldwin (c1771-1843)Elizabeth Carpenter (1775-1839)Alice Clark (1810-1863)Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia
Robert Balgowan (1855-1935)William Balgowan (c1808-1887)Jannet Shand (1810-1880)Jane Frost Hanrahan (1856-1940)Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
Joan Braybroke, 5th Baroness Cobham (-1442)Reginald Braybroke (c1356-1405)Joan de la Pole (c1373-1434)Thomas Brooke (c1391-1439)
Ruth Brigham (1704-1791)Jonathan Brigham (1674-1768)Mary Fay (1675-1751)Joseph Howe (1697-1775)Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Hendrika Brinkman (1877-1946)Harmen Brinkman (1836-1883)Derkje Kluitenberg (1844-1905)Harmen Veenbergen (1876-1947)Epe, Gelderland, Netherlands
Thomas Brooke (c1391-1439)Thomas Brooke (1355-1419)Joan Hanham (-1437)Joan Braybroke, 5th Baroness Cobham (-1442)
David Bush (1721-1801)Ebenezer Bush (1687-1757)Mary Miriam Taylor (1682-1752)Thankful Hitchcock Pettibone
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Familypedia people who had their second wedding (or first after a liaison) on this day

 FatherMotherJoined with-g2Wedding2 place
John Chaseling (1799-1876)John Hammond (c1775-1812)Margaret McMahon (c1777-1815)Sarah Mary Stubbs (1798-1878)St Albans, New South Wales, Australia
Margaret Drummond (c1340-c1375)Malcolm Drummond, Kt. (-c1346)Margaret Graham, Countess of MenteithDavid II of Scotland (1324-1371)Inchmurdach, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Joseph Howe (1697-1775)Joseph Howe (1661-1701)Dorothy Martin (1663-1742)Ruth Brigham (1704-1791)Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Mary Ann Sophia Merrick (1838-1885)Joseph Merrick (1800-1875)Maria Jane Wood (1815-1898)John Thomas Payne (1843-1910)Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia
William John Poidevin (1872-1932)William Hopson Poidevin (1844-1924)Eliza Jane Macaulay (1843-1889)Jessie Dunston Turnbull (1885-1967)Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Robin Patterson

    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..."

    That's UK time, so you probably have over 16 hours left. I'm sorry I didn't notice it earlier.

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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. "

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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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    Explore 50+ generations of the Cotton Family and their landmark home Combermere Abbey, an old English monastery they acquired in 1354 after it became defunct because of scandal and corruption.  Famous guests, including King William III and Wellington have stayed at the home. There have been many noteworthy descendants of the family in both Americ…

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