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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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GOODMAN Y. COULTER, retired farmer, post office Bridgeville, one of the oldest citizens of South Fayette township, was born in 1804, the third youngest son of eight children born to Moses and Margery (Faucit) Coulter, and now the only survivor of the family. Moses Coulter settled in Fayette township in an early day, and was during active life among the most prominent of its citizens; was an extensive farmer, and erected a mill, which he successfully operated for many years. He was a religious man, and took a prominent part in the founding of Bethany Church. He died in 1825, at the age of sixty years, owning at his death some four hundred acres of land, which was equally divided among his children. Goodman Y. was born and reared on a farm, and educated at a log school. His first business venture was the management of his father’s gristmill, which he successfully carried on for over twenty-five years, also in the meantime farming. Mr. Coulter was first married, in 1825, to Euphemia Middleswath, daughter of Moses Middleswath, an early pioneer of Allegheny county, and to this union were born eight children, viz.: Olivia (Mrs. Hays), Moses, Goodman, Elizabeth (Mrs. Roach), Margery, Cynthia, Mary Jane and John; all deceased except Elizabeth (Mrs. Roach), who is now living in Holmes county, Ohio. His second marriage was with Julia, daughter of Samuel McKown, one of the earliest settlers of this part of Allegheny county. To this second union three children were born: Maggie (Mrs. Nesbitt), Euphemia (Mrs. Herriott) and Anna (Mrs. Fryer). Mr. Coulter was elected to the office of treasurer of the county by the republican party; served also as director of the county poor, and was director of a prominent bank in Pittsburgh. He is not a member of any religious denomination, but has always been a liberal supporter of the Presbyterian Church. He now owns three hundred acres of land, which is worked under his management. He has been afflicted for some years with failing sight, and has become nearly blind. Politically he is a prohibitionist.

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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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