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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 ROUTH, grain-merchant, Braddock, was born in Carlisle, Cumberland county, Pa., in 1826, a son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Dasher) Routh, who were the parents of eight children, two yet living. The father, a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, came to America about 1820, and in 1836 located in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was a cattle-dealer up to his death. John Routh was educated in Cumberland county, and as early as five years of age rode as postilion; for several years he was employed as a driver on different stage-routes. In 1852 he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, in the capacity of freight conductor, at which he continued until 1860, when he was promoted to passenger conductor. This position he held for twenty years, and then, in 1880, retired from railroad life and commenced his present business at Braddock. Mr. Routh has been twice married; first to Martha Nichols, and after her decease to Mrs. Jennie M. Bates. He stands high in Freemasonry; is a member of the M. E. Church; in politics a democrat.

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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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