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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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HON. ALEXANDER H. BURNS, farmer, P.O. Imperial, was born on the old homestead of his father and grandfather, near Imperial, Findlay township, this county, Aug. 15, 1813, a son of Thomas and Catherine (Bevington) Burns, the latter a native of Washington county, Pa. Thomas Burns was born in Findlay township, Allegheny county, a son of Alexander and Nancy (Barnes) Burns, former of whom, a native of Scotland, and by trade a cooper, settled on the old farm in Findlay township prior to the Revolution; he was one of the earliest settlers of what is now Findlay township, and was a great hunter. His wife was born in Maryland. Thomas and Catherine Burns settled on the old farm in Findlay township, where they both died in the faith of the Presbyterian Church, in which they had lived. They had three sons and four daughters. Alexander H. married, in 1840, Jane Jeffery, of North Fayette township, a daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Jordan) Jeffery. Mrs. Burns died in 1844, the mother of one daughter, Louisa J., now the wife of Mark Gregg, of Findlay township. In May, 1848, Mr. Burns married Nancy Armor, of Findlay township, daughter of William and Nancy (McClellan) Armor. Mrs. Burns died in May, 1851, the mother of two children: Charles A., who died aged ten years, and Maria, at home. Mr. Burns married, in 1854, Mrs. Mary King, of Findlay township, a daughter of Nicholas Swearingen. Mrs. Burns is a member of the U. P. Church at Clinton. Mr. Burns has held various local offices of trust in his township. In 1859 he was elected representative to the legislature of Pennsylvania on the republican ticket. He is a leading farmer and citizen, respected by all.

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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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