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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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ARCH H. ROWAND, JR., attorney at law, Pittsburgh, residence Verona, was born March 6, 1845, at Allegheny City, Pa. He is a great-great-grandson of John and Sarah (Matlack) Rowand, a great-grandson of John and Frances (Linville) Rowand, a grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth (Sharp) Rowand, and a son of Archibald Hamilton and Catherine (Greer) Rowand, who were the parents of five children: Asaph Terry, Arch. Hamilton, Jr., Frank Parkhill, Thomas Arthur and Kate Fleming; all are living. The ancestors on the father’s side were Quakers; on the mother’s side Londonderry Protestant Irish.

The subject of this memoir was educated in the public schools in the city of Allegheny and by private tutors in the city of Pittsburgh. At the age of seventeen he enlisted for three years, or during the war, in Co. K, 1st W. V. C., and was at once placed in active service, and continued so until the close of the war. He served under Gens. Averill and Phil. H. Sheridan, and for gallant services received a medal of honor from the state of West Virginia; also one from Congress at the request of Gen. Sheridan. After his discharge, in 1865, he filled advanced positions in railroad offices till elected, in 1878, clerk of the courts of Allegheny county, to which position he was re-elected for additional three years in 1881. He was admitted to the bar in 1885, and now practices in all the county courts, the state supreme court, and the United States courts.

Mr. Rowand was married Oct. 17, 1867, to Sarah M. C., daughter of Richard C. and Mary Howard, of England, and by her had six children: Mary Kate, Harry, Sallie (deceased), Arch. Sheridan, Helen and Eliza Jeannette. The mother and family are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Rowand is a straight republican.

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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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