When I first saw this theme, I thought my parents might have had the birthdays closest to mine. Because of our birth dates were close, when I was an adult, we would celebrate with family members on one date. We still recognized our individual dates as well. Further research showed there were others who had close dates. Mom -- 6 days Dad -- 6 days.
Checking my family history program, i discovered that where I knew the actual date of the person's birth, I have 17 cousins who were born on the 27th of February.
The next check was to find out which one of my ancestors date was closest to mine. The first is John Robinson, my great-great grandfather, who was born 3 March 1828, according to the 1901 census, in Sowerby, Yorkshire, England. John died 5 June 1905, in Carnarvon Township, Mantitoulin Island, Ontario. John -- 4 days.
A close second is Hannah Hemingway, my great-great grandmother, who was born 4 March 1819, according to her tombstone inscription, in Markham Township to Josiah Hemingway and Anna Stiver. Hannah died 13 October 1877. Hannah -- 5 days
It is interesting both of these ancestors are on my maternal side of the family.
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