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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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THOMAS BURNS, farmer, post office Clinton, was born in Findlay township, Jan. 15, 1825, a son of Alexander and Susan (White) Burns, also natives of that township. Alexander Burns was born May 27, 1800, and died May 27, 1832; his wife was born June 15, 1797, and died Sept. 5, 1887; she was a daughter of Thomas and Jane (McCleaster) White. Thomas White was born in Ireland, a prominent Presbyterian, and builder of Hopewell church. Alexander Burns was a son of John and Jane (Crooks) Burns, who were among the earliest settlers of Findlay township. Alexander and Susan (White) Burns were Presbyterians, and had five sons: John, James, Thomas, Alexander and Henry. The third named married, April 28, 1853, Mary J. Stevenson, who was born in Findlay township, a daughter of Robert and Nancy (Lewis) Stevenson. Mr. and Mrs. Burns are members of the Hebron Presbyterian Church, and have had eight children: Margaret M. (married to John Kirk), Susan A. (deceased wife of Dickson Morrison), Cyrus McC. (married to Emma Best), Thomas R. L. (married to Jennie McGinnis), Nancy J. S. (deceased wife of William Springer), Ida V. (married to John W. Byers), George B. McC. and Lulu L. Mr. Burns is a leading farmer, and owns 340 acres of land. He has held various local offices of trust, and has the respect and confidence of all.

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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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