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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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PETER PORTMAN, farmer, post office Green Tree, was born in Switzerland in 1819, the second of eleven children born to Peter and Barbara (Stadleman) Portman. Peter, Sr., was engaged in dairying and stock-dealing in Switzerland. He came to America with his wife and six children in 1832, settling on a 100 acre farm in Reserve township, where he carried on the dairy business until his death, in 1848; his widow died in 1850. Peter, their son, lived on the farm until 1872, having in the meantime purchased the business from the heirs, and in 1872 came to Union township, now Green Tree borough, and purchased eighty acres of land known as the O’Brian tract. He was married in 1857 to Miss Mary Baker, and they have eleven children: Mary (Mrs. McDermott), Albert, Agnes, Clara, Edward, Thomas, Charley, William, Lewis, Frank and Joseph, all at home. Mr. Portman is one of the solid business men and farmers of the borough; he and his family are members of the Catholic Church; he is 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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