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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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JOHN D. ANDERSON, teacher, Wilkinsburg, was born in West Deer township, this county, in May, 1848. His father, Elias Anderson, was born on the same farm in that township, and died there. His grandfather, Robert Anderson, who was a native of New England, descended from the Plymouth colony, and settled, about 1806, in West Deer, where he died in 1846, aged about sixty Elias died in April, 1887, aged seventy-six. His wife, Jane, who died in 1878, at the age of fifty-seven, was a daughter of Samuel Haslett, a native of Ireland, now a resident of West Deer, aged over one hundred years. They had two sons and two daughters, John D. being the second son and third child. He remained on the farm and attended the public and select schools till eighteen years old. In 1876 he took charge of the Wilkinsburg schools, and now fills the position of superintendent. He is a member of the Wilkinsburg U. P. Church; in politics he is independent. Dec. 24, 1879, Prof. Anderson married Miss Ida E. O’Rourke, a native of Monongahela City, daughter of James and Hannah (Meyer) O’Rourke, who were of Irish and German descent, respectively. Mrs. Anderson was many years a teacher, being assistant principal in the Wilkinsburg school for six years.

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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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