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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 SYLVESTER BURNS, farmer, post office Clinton, was born in the house where he now resides, Feb. 22, 1847, a son of John and Margaret (Stewart) Burns, natives of Findlay township, and members of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. They had three children: Samuel S., Mary J. (who married William Hood, and, after his death, William Marshall) and John S. The latter received his education in the township schools and at Linnaean Academy, Clinton, and married, Feb. 23, 1869, Anna M. Guy, who was born in Moon township, a daughter of William H. and Mary J. (Duncan) Guy. Mr. and Mrs. Burns have had three children, only one of whom survives: Maude L., born Jan. 14, 1872. The parents are members of the Valley Presbyterian Church. Mr. Burns’ paternal grandparents were John and Jane (Crooks) Burns, early settlers of Findlay township. His maternal grandparents were Samuel and Jane Stewart, old settlers of same township. Mr. Burns is possessed of considerable literary ability, and has received valuable prizes for his contributions written in competition with others for the National Stockman and Farmer. Among the prizes received by him were a Shorthorn bull, a Poland-China pig and a gold-mounted ivory buggy whip. Mr. Burns owns a good farm of 120 acres, and raises grain and fine stock. His grandfather, John Burns, was a relative of the poet Robert Burns.

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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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