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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 H. RATH, farmer, post office Elizabeth, a son of Robert and Mary (McFadden) Rath, was born in Mifflin township, in 1841. His parents settled in Mifflin upward of fifty years ago, and their family consisted of nine children — six girls, five of whom are living, and three boys. James H. is by profession a teacher, and received his early education in the schools of the county, and later attended several educational institutions. In 1865 he married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Diana Lowrie. He resided for some time in Jefferson township, and recently moved to the farm purchased by him in Forward township. His children are Carrie L., William L., Sadie M., Maud J., Minnie, Charley C., Mabel F. and George Lytle. Susan P. Lowrie is also a member of his household, haying made her home with him since 1865. She has taught school for fifteen years, with invariable success. Mrs. Rath, after a lingering illness, died Nov. 12, 1887, a member of the U. P. Church, of which Mr. Rath is also a member.

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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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