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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 DAWSON, retired, Bellevue, was born in Ohio township, Beaver county, Pa., Dec. 29, 1815, and is the son of Michael and Rachel (Porter) Dawson, former of whom was born in Maryland, and became one of the first settlers in Ohio township, where large tracts of land were taken up by the Dawsons. The mother died in 1818, and the father about ten years later, leaving Thomas four hundred acres of land along Island run, supposed to be of little value, but afterward sold at high prices for oil-wells, thus leaving Mr. Dawson wealthy. Our subject passed his early life on Island run, and from 1845 until 1864 carried on farming there. He then moved to Glasgow, and two years later to Rochester, retiring from business altogether and leaving the remaining part of the farm in charge of his son George B. He moved from Rochester to Allegheny City, and five years later exchanged property there for his present home at West Bellevue, where he has lived since 1872. He married in 1845, and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Dawson, had three children, now living, viz.: Elizabeth, George B. and Nicholas. She died in 1856, and in 1867 he married a native of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson have five children living, viz.: Thomas, Edith, Catherine, Porter and Elmer Ellsworth. The family are members of the M. E. 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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