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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  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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ALBANUS C. ARTHUR, one of the best known farmers of Montgomery township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, was born in Philadelphia, July 13, 1859. He is the son of Albert and Eliza Jane (Redifer) Arthur.

The Arthur family are of Scotch origin. According to family tradition the great-grandfather of Albanus C. Arthur emigrated from Scotland and settled in the state of New Jersey prior to the Revolutionary war. The ancestor of this branch of the family removed at an early date to Pennsylvania. Albert Arthur (father) was born at Chestnut Hill, in Philadelphia county, and spent his entire life in that vicinity. He was a blacksmith by occupation and labored at his trade throughout life. He served for a time in the Mexican war. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California, where he prospected and operated gold mines. He subsequently worked in silver mines in Mexico, and in 1879 returned to Pennsylvania. In the fall of that year he purchased the farm of 125 acres now occupied by Albanus C. Arthur, situated on the state road; in Montgomery township, where he spent the remainder of his life, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was an honorable and highly esteemed citizen, and in religious faith affiliated with the Society of Friends.

Albanus C. Arthur acquired his early education at Mount Airy public school. After leaving school he became an apprentice to the carpenter trade at which he remained three years. He worked for a time at his trade, and, removing with his father to the farm, has spent the remainder of his life there. He is unmarried. In his political views he is a Democrat, and has never sought or held office.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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