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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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FRAUGOTT OBENAUF, retired, Etna, was born Sept. 26, 1828, in Ehra Reis, Saxony, Germany, son of Christian Obenauf, who came to America in 1854, and died in Mahoning county, Ohio. Our subject was educated in Germany, where he learned rope-making. He immigrated to America at the age of eighteen, and followed his trade for ten years in Pittsburgh and Etna. He became the owner of the steam ferry-boat Blackhawk, and from 1866 to 1868 was in the sawmill business. Subsequently he spent four years in the west, in Illinois and Missouri, and during the last eight years has been engaged in the tobacco business very successfully. He married Magdalena, daughter of Jacob and Catherine Morbach, old settlers in Etna, who owned fourteen acres of Etna property, and Jacob, being a carpenter, assisted in building most of the houses in Etna. Mr. Obenauf is a republican.

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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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