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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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FRANKLIN POFF, farmer, post office Talley Cavey, is a son of Jacob and Margaret (Wentzel) Poff, natives of Berks county, Pa., where Franklin was born in 1827; he moved to Butler county when nine years of age. In 1850 he came to Hampton township, and has since resided here. He married, in 1845, Barbara Ann Sloap, a native of Germany, who died Sept. 22, 1884, leaving twelve children: William T., of Allegheny; Margaret, wife of Henry McDonald, of Hampton township; Mary, wife of Casper Marks, of Glenshaw; John, of Hampton township; Charles, of Shaler township; Benjamin, of Hampton township; Robert, of Pittsburgh; Harriet, wife of Martin McAlear, at McKee’s Rocks; Thomas and Ellen, at home; Laura, wife of Allen Sheppard, of Allegheny, and Blanche, at home. Mr. Poff was married the second time in Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 20, 1886, to Mrs. Mary Rightmyer, of Reading, Pa., widow of the late Col. James Lawrence Rightmyer, who died June 7, 1867, in Baltimore, Md.; he was connected with the N. C. R. R. Co. for a number of years, up to the time of his death. Mr. Poff has held the office of school director of the township, and he and family are members of the Second Presbyterian Church, of which he was trustee for many years.

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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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