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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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WILLIAM H. RODENBAUGH, farmer, post office West View, was born Dec. 19, 1840. His great-grandfather, Joseph Rodenbaugh, came from Bucks county, Pa., to Allegheny county in 1807, and died on the farm where William H. now resides. The old farm was known as Mount Pleasant, and contained 330 acres. It was first owned by George Wallace, who bought it in 1799, and was subsequently sold to Thomas Reed, who sold it to John Stewart, who sold it to John Rodenbaugh in 1830. Our subject’s great-grandmother, whose maiden name was Hannah Walker, was a Quaker, and died at the home of her grandson. The grandfather Rodenbaugh was a class leader at the age of seventeen years; his house was the home of the old-time itinerant preacher. He married Elizabeth Fosspinner, and became the father of eight children: Joseph, John, Samuel, Mary, William, Hannah, Henry and Charles. Of these William was born Sept. 27, 1810, and died in 1847. He married Catharine Moore, born Dec. 25, 1819, in Pine township, Allegheny county, Pa., and three children were born to them: Eliza J., W. H. and John. The old family were members of the M. E. Church; politically they were whigs. William H. is a cooper by trade, but farms principally. He married Emma Penn, of this county, and they have two children: John W. and Kate M. John Rodenbaugh married Lillie Schlotz, and has one child, Jeannette.

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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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