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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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DAVID ROADS, farmer, post office McKeesport, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Roads, was born in what is now Lincoln township, in 1813. His paternal grandfather was a pioneer of Allegheny county, and a. resident of McKeesport, where he was a brewer. Frederick Roads was a native of Germany, was educated and married there, and, immigrating to America, located in Lincoln township, this county, on the place now owned by L. Franz. He built the stone house which still remains, and there lived and died. His surviving children are Frederick, John, Louisa, and David, who married, in 1848, Jane, daughter of William McRoberts. She died in 1854, leaving two children — Orlando and Everella — and in 1856 Mr. Roads married Pheby, daughter of Jonathan Bell, and located in Lincoln township, where he followed farming. Mrs. Roads died in about a year, and in 1868 Mr. Roads married Mrs. Lydia Barclay, and they still reside on, the farm above McKeesport, on the Monongahela river. Both are members of the Presbyterian Church at McKeesport.

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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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