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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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FREDERICK ROADS, farmer, post office. West Elizabeth, son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Walmer) Roads, was born in Versailles township, near McKeesport, Jan. 27, 1804. His father was a native of Dauphin county, and his mother of Bedford county, Pa. After marriage they settled in Versailles township, and following year moved to Elizabeth township. Their children were Catherine, Christian, Henry, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Caroline (all deceased), and John, a farmer of Elizabeth township; David, a farmer, of Lincoln township; Louisa, now Mrs. Gibnor, of West Elizabeth, and our subject. In 1827 Frederick married Catherine, daughter of Henry and Charlotte Bridenthall, natives of Germany, and after marriage they lived in Pittsburgh for a time. Returning to what was then Elizabeth, he purchased a farm in Jefferson township, which he recently sold, and bought a property in West Elizabeth, where he now resides. Their children were David (deceased), Elizabeth (now Mrs. J. Q. A. Young, of Elizabeth), Charlotte (now Mrs. John Fairbanks, of McKeesport), Frederick (of Birmingham), S. O. Roads, in Elizabeth township, and Mary L., now Mrs. Henry L. Large, of Westmoreland county. Mr. Roads’ father was drafted during the war of 1812, but obtained a substitute with one hundred dollars and a new rifle. Mr. and Mrs. Roads are both members of the Presbyterian Church of West Elizabeth, of which he has been an elder for forty-eight years, and was one of those who organized the church which he built, but which has since been torn down and a larger one erected, in the building of which he has also assisted. In 1884 he, with A. W. Bedell, attended the exposition at New Orleans, and had the most enjoyable trip of his life. Jan. 27, 1889, was Mr. Roads’ eighty-fifth birthday, and on the 29th they had a family reunion of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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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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