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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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HILARY BRUNOT, son of Dr. Felix Brunot, was born in the city of Philadelphia, July 14, 1795, in a house that is still standing on the banks of the Schuylkill. At an early age he entered the military academy at West Point, graduating in one of the first classes emanating from that institution, and passing thence into the regular army. He served in the war of 1812, was wounded in the sortie at Fort Erie, and was afterward stationed at Fort Snelling, Mackinaw, Green Bay and Newport, Ky., and later in the arsenal at Pittsburgh. He resigned his position in the army in 1825, and engaged successfully for many years in the manufacture of white lead, occupying the whole square now covered by the Union depot, Pittsburgh. He retired from active business in 1850, and died March 26, 1872. Mr. Brunot was a man of great force of character, an earnest Christian, one who led a blameless, upright life. He was prominent in religious and political circles, and served for many years as a member of council. Mr. Brunot married, May 6, 1819, Ann Tankard, daughter of Randell and Margaret Reville, of Newport, Ky., a family that early settled in Somerset county, Md.

Mrs. Brunot was born Dec. 14, 1798, and died April 18, 1873. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Brunot, viz.: Felix R., Elizabeth M., Hilary J., Louisa, Ann, Melusina, Sophia and John. Of these Elizabeth M. became the wife of George Morgan, of Pittsburgh; Felix R. resides in Pittsburgh, and Hilary J. in Greensburg; all the others died in early life.

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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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