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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 SHARP, farmer, post office New Texas, was born in Plum township in July, 1813, a son of James and Isabella (Harkness) Sharp, natives of Ireland. James Sharp came here in 1807; he was a member first of the Secession and then of the Reformed Church, and died a member of the U. P. Church, Nov. 9, 1855, aged eighty-three years. His widow died Feb. 16, 1859, aged eighty-four years. Subject’s grandfathers were William Sharp and William Harkness. George received his schooling in the log schoolhouses of his day. His father bought all the land in his name, and the family worked together as long as he lived. Now only two brothers are left, and they have about one thousand acres of land lying close together. Mr. Sharp married, in 1861, Sarah McDowell, of Plum township, born in 1830, a daughter of Alexander and Jane (Lesley) McDowell, natives of Washington county. Mr. McDowell died in 1840, aged about fifty-eight years, and his wife in 1876, aged eighty-five years. The former was a farmer, and was all through the war of 1812. Mrs. Sharp’s grandfather was Archibald McDowell, and her maternal grandfather, John Lesley, was an officer in the war of 1812. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sharp: Isabella Jane (Mrs. James Greer), James Alexander, Nancy Martha, Margaret Ann, George Robert and Sadie J. (who died, aged four years and nine months). All are members of the U. P. Church. Mr. Sharp is well known in church circles, and is considered one of the best-posted men of the county on the Bible.

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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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