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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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ROBERT BLACK, farmer, post office Hulton, is the third born and one of the two surviving members of the family of seven children of John and Mary Ann (Euwer) Black, natives of Pennsylvania, and who died in 1831 and 1833, respectively. John, Robert’s brother, lives in Woodford county, Ill. Mr. Black was born in Westmoreland county in 1820, and his brothers and sisters were John, Margaret, Mary, Thomas, Caroline and Maria (twins), all deceased. The twins were very small when their father died, and about two years old at the time of their mother’s death. Their grandfather, John Black, a very early settler here, owned about three hundred acres where Robert lives. At their mother’s death the children began to work their grandfather’s farm, though all were very young, and their education was limited to that afforded by the schools of the township at that early day. In 1842 the grandfather died, and Robert moved to the part of the farm he now owns, while the others remained on the old homestead at the other end of the farm. In 1843 Robert married Jane Ann McLaughlin, a native of Penn township, daughter of Edward and Mary McLaughlin, both deceased. Although advanced in years Mr. Black still oversees his farm, and is very active, the result of a strictly temperate life. He is a prohibitionist and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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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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