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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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GEORGE W. HOWDER, steamboat captain, post office Elizabeth, is a son of John and Mary (Morris) Howder, of Fayette county, where he was born Dec. 28, 1845. He was reared on a farm, and at the age of eighteen years started for himself as a general hand on the river boats. He has since followed the river, and has had command of several steamers, among them being the Leader. He served as pilot seventeen years, and has been employed by Joseph Walton & Co. for fourteen years, being engaged as captain of the Nellie Walton during that time. In 1870 he was married to Rachel M., daughter of W. R. and Lavina (Maines) Cooley, of Elizabeth borough, and they have four living children — Ida May, Mary L., John W. and George L. Capt. Howder is a member of the Old Monongahela Lodge, No. 209, I. O. O. F., and Stephen Baird Lodge, No. 526, F. & A. M. He moved to this county about twenty years ago, and has since resided here. 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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