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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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CAPT. JOHN RODGERS, retired, Allegheny, was born on Liberty street, in Pittsburgh, in 1815, a son of William and Martha Stranahon, and has always resided in this county. His parents came from Ireland prior to the revolutionary war. Of their eight children, Capt. John is the only one now living. The father died in 1820, and the mother in 1864, aged eighty-four years. They were members of the Covenanter Church, and came to this country with Rev. Black, D. D., subsequently their pastor, in consequence of the rebellion in Ireland. Capt. John Rodgers was married May 11, 1843, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Eliott) Esler, and there were born to them eight children: Jane E., Martha, Sarah R., Elizabeth B. (deceased wife of William H. Bradley), Annie C., Mary P. (wife of William A. Davis), James McAuley and Thomas E. Mr. Rodgers has followed various avocations in life, first having learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed until 1846, after which he followed raising sunken boats on the Ohio river. In 1850 he bought the steamer Arena, and became a river captain. He followed boating for seventeen years, for several years clearing out obstructions in the Ohio river under contract of the United States government. In 1872 he was engaged on the Allegheny Valley railroad as lost-car agent. During the late war he had charge of the transfer of specie between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Ohio, and is said to have transferred about nine tons of gold and silver. He has passed his threescore years and ten, and has retired from the active duties of life, and with his affectionate wife is taking his much needed rest, surrounded by his family of devoted children.

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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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