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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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JACOB OESTERLEY, post office Ross, was born July 25, 1826, in Alsace, France, a son of Joseph Oesterley a native of Germany. He is a miller by trade, which he followed in his native land. He worked one year in a mill here, and was then engaged ten years as gardener and carriage-driver by Judge Lowry. During the war he bought twenty-four acres, of which one-half is laid out in garden, and he has engaged in gardening for the past twenty-five years. He married Mary A. Nicholson, a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, who was born Dec. 4, 1836, and died Feb. 8, 1882, a devoted wife and fond mother. They had six children: Mrs. Genovefa Thomas, Joseph, Mary, Anna, Jacob and Freddie. Mr. Oesterley and family are devoted members of the Troy Hill church of the Most Holy Name. He has recently bought a fine home near Evergreen.

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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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