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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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JACOB TRAUTMAN, decorator, Homestead, was born Feb. 18, 1843, in Bavaria, Germany, the son of Adam and Margaret (Rothar) Trautman, natives of the above-named place. Jacob was brought to America at the age of two years by his parents, who settled in Columbus, Ohio, where they died. He was there educated; also learned the decorative trade, and followed it for several years. July 22, 1861, he enlisted in Co. D, 2d battalion, 18th U. S. I., Army of the Cumberland, and served until July 22, 1864. He participated in the battles of Stone river, Chickamauga, Pea Ridge and Peach Tree creek, and while carrying messages to headquarters he had two horses shot under him and his clothes perforated. In the fall of 1880 he removed to Homestead, where he has followed his trade successfully, and has taken an active part in building up the place. He was one of the charter members of the I. O. O. F., and also of the Loan and Building association, of which he has been a director since its organization. He also assisted in organizing the First National Bank of Homestead, of which he is a director. He is a member of the commercial and school boards, and of the I. O. H. and R. A., and is a republican.

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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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