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Baiteke (under Kiribati)

The Pacific island country of Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands) includes the atoll of Abemama, inhabited by the tribe of Abemama, Kuria and Aranuka. The hereditary high chiefs of thes... [more]

Cardozo, Abraham

Cardozo was a member of a Portuguese Marrano family. (The Marranos are the Jews of Spain and Portugal who involuntarily converted to Christianity in the 14th century and later, many of whom... [more]

Hurston, Zora Neale

Hurston was born in the all-Black and Black-governed town of Eatonville, Florida. Her father, a carpenter and minister, and his wife had eight children. When her mother died she was nine... [more]

Isidore of Seville

St. Isidore of Seville was from a noble family of Cartagena, but was orphaned as a child and educated by his elder brother, St. Leander, in a monastery. (Another brother and sister are also... [more]

Juárez, Benito Pablo

Juárez was born to a poor Zapotec family in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca state, and was orphaned when he was three. He and his two sisters lived first with their grandparents and then with an... [more]

Raeburn, Henry

Raeburn was born in Stockbridge, near Edinburgh, the son of a well-to-do lawyer and businessman. He became an orphan when he was six, and was then raised by his much older brother. At 15 he... [more]

Swaroop Singh (under India - Princely States: 4)

Until the 19th century what is now India (like Europe) was a patchwork of over 650 princely states, like kingdoms, ranging from the small and relatively unimportant, to the large, immensely... [more]


Tenskwatawa (Open Door) was one of triplet boys (one source states that he and Tecumseh were twin brothers). Their father, Pucksinwa, was killed in a battle with white men (1774) before t... [more]

Walker, C.J.

Walker was born Sarah Breedlove and orphaned in 1874 when both her parents died of yellow fever. She was then raised for several years by her older brother and sister, but married for the f... [more]

Weinstock, Arnold

Weinstock was born to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants to England, the last child, the eldest of whom was 24 when he was born. His father, a tailor's cutter, died in 1929 and his mother... [more]

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