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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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GEORGE BURNS, farmer, post office Clinton, was born on his present farm, in Findlay township, April 11, 1822, a son of John Burns, who was born in Findlay township, Oct. 30, 1774, and was by trade a cooper and farmer; an elder in Hopewell Presbyterian Church a number of years. John Burns married, March 15, 1798, Jane Crooks, also a Presbyterian, and they had ten children: George, Nancy (widow of Samuel Nichol), Alexander, Jane (married Robert Eaton), Henry, John, Polly (married to John White), William, Peggy (widow of James Hood), and Andrew, of whom Nancy, Polly, Peggy, Andrew and George are living. George has been twice married; first, Aug. 24, 1843, to Jane Burns, who died Sept. 30, 1853, the mother of one son, Alfred M., born March 28, 1846, and married to Mary Jane Forsythe, and residing in Findlay township. George Burns married, July 4, 1854, Nancy, a sister of his first wife, and a daughter of Robert and Jane Burns. Mr. and Mrs. George Burns are members of the Valley Presbyterian Church. He owns 223 acres of land, a part of the old Hopewell tract, purchased and patented by his grandfather, John Burns, April 28, 1785. The latter, who was a relative of the poet Burns, came here prior to the Revolution, and was the pioneer of the Burns family in Findlay township. He purchased a large body of land near Imperial. John, the father of the subject of this memoir, was his eldest son.

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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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