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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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ALVEY P. CULP, manufacturer, post office Dravosburg, was born March 17, 1832, on the banks of the Kiskiminetas river, Pennsylvania. There his father, Jacob Culp, had salt works, but lost all the salt stored, by a flood. He went to Pittsburgh, thence to Ormsby, where he operated a coal road, and at Blossomville superintended a coal work for M. Dravo, with whom he was connected some years. He also superintended a coal work for J. McCluskey, at Port Perry, and after that one for his son, Alvey, at Rock run. He was well known among miners and river captains, and died in Reynoldton in 1886, aged eighty-four years. His widow, nee Juliana Syford, survives him, aged eighty years. They had seven children: Oliver, Clara, Alvey P., Alfred, Margaret, Lizzie and Ellen. The subject of this memoir was raised in the mines, and became thoroughly familiar with the details of the work, soon becoming mine boss. In partnership with James Gamble he operated the mines at Rock run for twelve years, and since then has engaged in the lumber business. He married Eliza L. McCaughan, and eight children blessed this union: Benjamin Franklin, Harry Elmer, Rhoda Anna, Ruth Blanche, Roberta Beverly, Lulie Edna, Lidie Alma and Annetta May. The Culp family are members of the M. E. Church; politically Mr. Culp is a democrat. In the summer of 1881 he had his right hand cut off in his lumber-mill.

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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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