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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 BOWN, foreman machinery department National Tube-works, McKeesport, was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, Dec. 16, 1845, a son of Joseph and Ann (Nixon) Bown. He was reared and educated in his native town, and served seven years’ apprenticeship at the machinist’s trade. He came to America in 1869, located in New York, and in 1871 removed to Boston, where he entered the employ of the National Tube-works company as a machinist, working in that capacity three years. In 1877 he settled in McKeesport, where he began work for the same company, and has held his present position since 1881. In 1873 he married Jane, daughter of Charles and Jane (Domsfield) Skerret, of Manchester, England, and has six children: Lillian, Joseph R., Ernest, James, Lucy J. and Walter. Mr. Bown is a member of the Episcopal Church, F. & A. M. and I. O. F., and in politics is independent republican.

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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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