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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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DR. FELIX BRUNOT. Among the early physicians of Pittsburgh who are entitled to a special notice in this work, because of the close relation which they sustained to the development of affairs, and on account of their high professional standing, was Dr. Felix Brunot. Born in the parish of Morey, France, January 9, 1752, member of an old Huguenot family, and a foster-brother of Gen. Lafayette, he was originally designed by his uncle, a Catholic bishop, for orders in the church, but, experiencing an aversion to this calling, he was permitted to enter upon the study of medicine. After graduation he joined Gen. Lafayette in his noble espousal of the patriot cause in America, and coming to this country in 1777 served as a surgeon in the army of the Revolution. He participated in the battle of Brandywine and other important engagements, and after the close of that eventful struggle, which established the independence of this nation, he located in the practice of his profession at Annapolis, Md., subsequently removing to Philadelphia, and finally, in 1797, settled in Pittsburgh, where he passed the remainder of his days, dying May 23, 1838, at the age of eighty-six years and five months. He resided on what is now known as Brunot’s island, where he entertained Lafayette, Blennerhassett and other celebrated men. Later on he disposed of the island by sale, and resided on Liberty avenue, Pittsburgh, in a house which one of his sons, who died, had the building of. He was one of the noted physicians of his day, and enjoyed an extensive practice for many years, having an especial faith in the therapeutic properties of electricity. As a public-spirited citizen he was always deeply interested in the development of the city. He was a man of integrity and uprightness of character, and his life was devoted to the performance of good deeds. The doctor was first married at Annapolis, by which union he had one child, who married, but died without issue. His second wife, whom he married December 17, 1789, was Miss Elizabeth Krieder, of Philadelphia, by whom were born the following named children, six sons: Britain, Casper, Felix, Hilary, James M. and Sanson, and one daughter, Louisa. Mrs. Brunot died September 5, 1845, aged seventy-eight years. Two of the sons were educated as physicians, while others entered the legal profession, settling in different portions of the south. Sanson became a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, organized and officiated at a small church which his father built for him, on land which he also donated, and from which Christ Church, Allegheny, ultimately sprang. Afterward he had a parish at Greensburg, and later at Blairsville. His health failing, he went to Florida, organized an Episcopal church in Key West, which is now in a flourishing condition.

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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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