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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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HENRY RICHARD CHALFANT (deceased) was descended from French ancestry. At an early period two brothers left France and came to Eastern Pennsylvania, where they settled and reared families. Henry Chalfant, a son of one of these brothers, came with his brother to Allegheny county, Pa., in 1827, and settled in Turtle Creek, where he purchased a few acres. Henry married Isabella C. Weakley, daughter of Samuel and Hester Weakley, of Cumberland county, Pa. Ten children were born to this union, eight of whom grew to maturity, and seven are now living: John W., Sidney A., Anna R., James T., George A., William L., Albert M. Our subject, the third child, was born in 1837 on the farm in Wilkins township, and was educated at the common schools and academy. He married, in 1868, Evaline R. Graham, a daughter of James Graham, and granddaughter of Rev. James Graham. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chalfant were eight children, seven living: James Graham, Mary, Maud, Sidney, Henry R., Frederick B. and Eva M. Mr. Chalfant was a highly respected citizen of Wilkins township, and his occupation was that of a farmer. He was director of the county poor of Allegheny county, and director and vice-president of the Braddock National Bank. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which his family are members, and politically was a republican. He died Sept. 30, 1887.

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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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