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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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ANDREW BURNS, retired, Sewickley, was born Oct. 18, 1818, on Montour’s run, at Headwaters, Pa. Grandfather Alexander Burns, a native of Scotland, came to America at ail early day and settled on Montour’s run, where he subsequently owned a large tract of land. He was the father of ten children: John, George, William, Thomas, James, Robert, Samuel, Henry, Mrs. Henry Crooks and Mrs. John Byers. The sons were all farmers except Samuel, who was a saddler; all reared large families and were members of the Presbyterian Church. John Burns was born Oct. 30, 1776, and died March 20, 1854, on the old homestead; he was a farmer and an elder in the Presbyterian Church. His wife, Jane Crooks, was born May 4, 1781, in Washington county Pa., and died Sept. 29, 1865. They were the parents of ten children: Alexander, Henry, John, William, Andrew, George, Nancy, Jane, Polly and Margaret. Of these Nancy, Polly, Margaret and Andrew and George (the youngest in the family) are living, Mrs. Nancy Nichols being ninety years old.

Andrew was reared on the farm and followed farming some ten years. He then removed to New Cumberland, W. Va., where he operated a sawmill two years and subsequently traded for a large country store, which he removed into Washington county. In the spring of 1855 he came to Pittsburgh, where he engaged in real-estate business. He became vice-president of the Smithfield National Bank. In the spring of 1875 he came to Sewickley, where he now resides. Mr. Burns was married Nov. 3, 1842, to Miss Sarah A., daughter of Josiah and Margaret (Stewart) Guy, of Findlay township, this county. Mrs. Burns is a lady of considerable ability.

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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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