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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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CAPT. ALFRED BRAUFF, retired, Elizabeth, is a son of Jacob Brauff, a native of Virginia, who came to this state at a very early day and settled near Brownsville, Fayette county. His wife was Rebecca Nixon, of Virginia, and survived him many years. Capt. Brauff was born March 3, 1814, at Brownsville, and was but one year old when his father died. As soon as he was old enough, he assisted in caring for the family, and worked at various occupations, but the principal one was following the river. He was captain of the Davy Crockett, the first towboat ever placed upon the Monongahela. He afterward built and was the owner of several boats plying on the river, among them the Hunter, Robert Lee, Alfred Raub, etc. In 1870 he retired from boating, and purchased a home in this borough, where he has since resided. The captain was never married, and his widowed sister, Mrs. O’Neill, lives with him. He has held various borough offices, and is a member of the M. E. Church.

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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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