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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 HAMILTON POWER, blacksmith, Verona, was born in Hamilton county, Ky., in 1826, son of Hiram Power, also native of that state. His mother, Hester (Parker) Power, was a native of Westmoreland county, this state. Hiram Power, grandfather of John, was a pioneer farmer in Kentucky, and was of Irish descent. The second Hiram died in Cincinnati on the first outbreak of the cholera there. J. H. Power served three and one-half years at his trade in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and became a journeyman at twenty. For fifteen years he was foreman of the L. S. & M. S. blacksmith shop at Norwalk, Ohio, and has occupied the same position with the A. V. R. R. for a like period. He became a resident of Verona in 1876, and built his present residence at Oakmont Station. He has been a burgess, and is a republican; also a member of the Pittsburgh Lodge, 484, F. & A. M., and, with his family, a member of the M. E. Church. In 1848 Mr. Power married Roxana N. Haskell, born in Junction township, Huron county, Ohio daughter of Prince Haskell, of Vermont. Two daughters, twins, have blessed this union, and are now resident as follows-Helen Evaline (Mrs. Thompson Smith), Jackson, Mich.; Ellen Adaline (Mrs. John Weirs) Dayton, Ohio.

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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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