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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 OSBORNE, M. D., Homestead, was born Feb. 1, 1858, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, son of John and Sarah (Abernethy) Osborne, natives of County Armagh, Ireland; the former was a weaver by occupation; at the age of nineteen was induced to go to England, where he soon found work as a miner. In 1863 he came to America, mined in Westmoreland county, Pa., one year, and then sent for his family. His labors were rewarded, and he now leads a retired life in Homestead. He has a family of six children: Hugh, Andrew William, John, Robert, Margaret and Eleanor. Of these, Hugh was a soldier in a New York regiment in the civil war. The subject of this sketch also mined in Westmoreland county, where he afterward kept a grocery-store. He helped to educate his brother William, who graduated at the Chicago Medical College. John worked and studied about ten years before he graduated at the Cincinnati Medical College, in class of 1883, where he took the prize in obstetrics. He followed his profession in Westmoreland county until 1887, when he took a special course on the eye and ear, and graduated in that department. In July of the same year he located in Homestead, where he has built up a large practice, and since January, 1888, has held the position of county physician at the city farm. He married Melissa Adams, by whom he has five children: William, Robert, Harold, Sadie and Anna. The doctor is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Medical society; he is a republican.

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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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