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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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ELMER E. BRIGGS, M. D., post office Pittsburgh, was born June 11, 1861. His grandparents, William and Ann (Indle) Briggs, were natives of Yorkshire, England, and came to America in an early day. William was a man of means and education, and of a well-known family in England. He crossed the Atlantic seven times. He owned the old McClurg farm at Brownstown, and died at Webster, aged over eighty years. He was the father of five children: Thomas, Charles, John, Frederick and Martin. Of these John and Charles were pilots, and both were drowned. Martin Briggs was a carpenter by trade, but engaged in the coal business, and represented the southern coal trade in New Orleans. He married Caroline S., daughter of Nicholas Snyder, a native of Germany. She was born in Wilkesbarre, Pa., and has borne her husband four children: Mrs. Julia A. Painter, of San Francisco, Cal.; William H., Elmer E., M. D., and Herron G., M. D. Elmer E. received his primary education in the schools, of Pittsburgh, graduated at the Western University, and took the degree of Ph. M. He read medicine with Dr. John C. Burgher, and attended one course of lectures in the medical department at the University of Michigan, and two courses of lectures at the homeopathic college, New York, graduating in the class of 1883. He located in Pittsburgh, and practiced one year; then for one year was resident physician and surgeon of the homeopathic hospital of that city, where he has since practiced. Dr. Briggs married, in the year 1885, Florence Taylor, only daughter of Col. S. B. Taylor, of 62d regiment Ohio Volunteers, who was killed during the late rebellion, and they have one daughter, Hazel Frances, born June 22, 1887.

Dr. Herron G. Briggs was born Nov. 11, 1864, received the degree of Ph. M. at Western University, and afterward took a course in medicine at Hahnemann College, Chicago; then entered the homeopathic hospital at Pittsburgh as resident physician and surgeon, where he remained one year; afterward, in fall of 1888, he located in the Thirty-second ward, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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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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