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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HENRY L. ANDERSON, farmer, P. O. Leetsdale, was born Sept. 2, 1834, in the Sixth ward, Pittsburgh, son of James Anderson a native of Carlisle, Pa., and of old Scotch Protestant stock. The ancestors had to flee from Scotland to Ireland. The paternal grandfather was a soldier in the revolutionary war in the Pennsylvania line troops. He lived in Chester county, Pa.; was originally in the stone business in Allegheny, and built the old United States bank. In 1792 the father of Henry L. was in the brick business on Anderson street, and later in the iron business. He was a manager of the Western Pennsylvania hospital, one of the board of directors of the house of refuge, now the reform school, and was inspector of the penitentiary until his death; he died March 11, 1861, aged seventy-seven. Politically he was a republican. He was married to Anna Miller, the daughter of old settlers, and by her had three children: William, Isabella and Henry L. The last named, who was educated in Allegheny and at Franklin College, Chambersburg, Pa., followed bookkeeping, and subsequently enlisted in Co. K of 12th P. V. and was later in detached service. After the war he again engaged in bookkeeping, and subsequently embarked in the oil business. Of late years he has been a farmer, and since 1872 has owned a farm in Sewickley township. He was married to Maggie A. Brown, and they have three children: Harry M Alma E. and Louise A. Politically Mr. Anderson is a republican, and has filled various township offices; he is a member of A. F. & A. M. and A. O. U. W.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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