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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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JOHN H. OLIVER, Mansfield, was born in Washington, Pa., in 1820. William L. Oliver, his father, was born in Washington, and was a son of David, who came there from New Jersey at an early date. David was a shoemaker by trade, and later in life a farmer. William L. was a hatter, which trade he successfully carried on in Washington, Pa., having a branch business in Pittsburgh. He married Mrs. Eliza B. Huston, who is now living, aged eighty-six years. William L. died in 1833, aged thirty-five years. Born to these parents were three children, two of whom are living, John H. (the eldest) and Elizabeth (Mrs. Hart). John H. was educated at the common schools, and at fifteen years of age went to Pittsburgh, where he learned the tinsmith’s trade, serving an apprenticeship of four years. He followed that business through life, and was for thirteen years extensively engaged for himself in Pittsburgh. Mr. Oliver married, in 1850, Matilda Lenfestey, daughter of John Lenfestey, originally of France. Two children were born to their union: John L. (deceased) and Mary E., at home. Since 1872 Mr. Oliver has been a resident of Mansfield. He has to a great extent retired from business, but has a store, where he finds pleasure in spending his time. He owns a country-seat, and is content to take the world as it comes. He has served on the school board and in the town council, and is a member of the M. E. Church.

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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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