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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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JAMES ALONZO CYPHERS, retired, post office White Ash, was born in Wilkinsburg, March 8, 1818, the eldest child of Philip and Nancy (Quinter) Cyphers. Philip was born in 1791 in New Jersey, and died in East Liberty in 1868. He came to Wilkinsburg in 1815, in company with John Quinter, his wife’s father, and was a lime-burner and farmer. His wife died Feb. 9, 1870, aged sixty-nine years. There were fourteen children, of whom the following grew to maturity: James A., John, William, Henry, Philip, Benjamin, Sarah and Elizabeth (triplets) and Mary. James A. Cyphers was reared on a farm, and far eleven years drove a six-horse team at Wilkinsburg. For about the same period he was night yardmaster at East Liberty, and took part in the construction of the A. V. R. R. and Sandy Creek coal-road. In 1847 he purchased land where Sandy Creek village now lies, and built three houses. Oct. 6, 1842, he wedded Maria, only child of John and Jane (Thompson) McGlade, of Ireland, former of whom kept hotel many years at Johnstown, where Mrs. Cyphers was born, in 1827. Mr. Cyphers has always been a democrat. He was reared a Presbyterian, but with his wife joined the R. C. Church at Verona. They have seven children: William John, Rebecca Jane, Annie, James, Frank, Lawrence and Albertus P.

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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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