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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 CHALMERS ROBINSON, physician, post office Turtle Creek, is a native of Westmoreland county, Pa., born Sept. 20, 1836. His parents, James and Eliza (Curry) Robinson, were born respectively in Elizabeth and Wilkins townships, Allegheny county. John, father of James, was also a native of Western Pennsylvania, and of Scotch-Irish lineage. When Thomas C. was twelve years old his father moved to a farm in Patton township. The classical education of the future physician was completed in Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, and after reading medicine with Dr. James H. Duff he entered Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1868, and at once became the successor in practice of his former preceptor, Dr. Duff. Four years later he moved to Turtle Creek, where a successful practice fully occupies his time. The doctor possesses some fine property, which includes two dwellings, and he is reckoned among the progressive citizens of the village. In November, 1870, he married Mary Jane, daughter of William and Mary (Eakin) Skinner, members of one of the oldest families of Franklin county, Pa. She is the mother of seven children, named as follows: Wilberforce Howard, William, Irene, Annie Eakin, James Rush, Adelia Helena and Edward Doyle. Dr. Robinson is a member of the county medical society and, with his family, of the U. P. Church. Politically he was a republican, but is now a prohibitionist. He enlisted, in 1862, in Company E, 123d P. V., and took part in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. At the close of his term of enlistment, nine months, he remained at home for a short time, then entered the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry, known as the Anderson Troop, with which he served in the Army of the South, being active in the battles of Nashville, Chickamauga and Knoxville; was one of 120 that captured 1,500 of Hood’s men, destroyed their arms and marched them into Huntsville. After sharing in Sherman’s raid and destroying railroads to prevent Lee’s retreat from Richmond, they were sent to pursue Jeff Davis and other refugees, and spent three months in the mountain regions of Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia, living off the country as they traveled, and were discharged at Nashville, in June, 1865.

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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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