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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  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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John J. Gallagher, a prominent and prosperous farmer of Milford township, Oakland County, owning a fine farm of 125 acres, in sections 1 and 2, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, June 24, 1830, and is a son of Hugh and Catherine (McCallin) Gallagher, both of whom were born in Ireland, where the father died. The mother came to America with these children: James, Fannie, John J., Dennis, Michael, Charles and Mary, and died in 1887, aged 83 years.

John J. Gallagher came to Oakland County, Michigan, in 1855 and began working by the month on different farms, and during the succeeding six years accumulated quite a little capital. After renting land for three years, he bought his present farm, which in appearance and fertility is equal to any in the township. Mr. Gallagher has given his whole attention to farming and stock raising and has been very successful in both branches. He raises many hogs and sheep, finding a ready market and commanding good prices. He has honestly made his own way in the world and through his industry has become thoroughly independent and enjoys the respect of all who know him.

In 1866 Mr. Gallagher was married to Margaret Mehan, who was also born in Ireland, and a family of nine children have been born to them, namely: Hugh, John, Charles, Ella, William, Catherine, and three who died in infancy. Mr. Gallagher was carefully reared by pious parents in the faith of the Catholic Church and this religious body he still belongs to. While not a politician, he always casts his vote at elections, reserving the right to support the man instead of the party. He is a good farmer, a kind husband, a careful father and an excellent citizen of Milford township.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published in 1903. 

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