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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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REV. D. H. POLLOCK, Elizabeth, is a grandson of David Pollock, a native of Ireland, who first settled in Greensburg, Pa., and in or about 1792 purchased a farm near Elizabeth, where he lived until his death, by accident, in about 1800. He left three daughters and three sons. John Pollock, father of the subject of this memoir, was the eldest son, and inherited the farm on which he lived until his death, in 1872, at the age of eighty years. He never engaged in any other business except farming. For many years he was captain of a military company, which gave him quite a prominence in the surrounding country. He was a devout member of the U. P. Church, in which he was elder for a number of years. In 1827 he married Eliza, daughter of John Gormley, of this county, who lived to be eighty-two years of age. They reared a family of eleven children, one daughter dying at the age of thirteen years; the other ten are still living, viz: Martha J. (Mrs. O. A. Lee, of Atchison, Kansas), Elizabeth A. (Mrs. P. F. Marvin, of Andover, Ohio), Rev. D. H., J. A. (of Oregon), Esther C. (Mrs. John Patterson, of Elizabeth, this county), Nancy J. (Mrs. Rev. P. H. Drenman, of Pawnee City, Neb.), Samuel G. (on the homestead), H. G. (of Elizabeth), W. C. (farmer, of McKeesport), and Rev. M. M. (of Fairfax, Iowa).

The subject of this sketch was born on the homestead, Sept. 6, 1823, and is the third child. He was educated at the Western University, of Pittsburgh, and graduated from the Theological Seminary, of Allegheny, in 1846, He received license to preach in 1846, has since followed the profession, and has had charge of churches in Fayette and Westmoreland counties, and for the last twenty years of the U. P. Church, of Elizabeth. He married, in 1850, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Margaret (Espey) McMillan, of Fayette county, who died in 1853, leaving one child, Elizabeth C., now Mrs. Alexander Sharrard, of Fayette county. He next married, in 1861, Kate, daughter of Rev. David Kirkpatrick, D. D., and a sister of Judge Kirkpatrick. She died in 1867, leaving three children: D. Kirk Pollock, now owner of a ranch in Kansas; John F., a clerk in Omaha, Neb., and Mary C., at present attending the Conservatory of Music, at Boston.

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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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