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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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DR. JESSE SPAHR, physician, Woodville, Pa., one of the oldest physicians in Allegheny county, was born in Cumberland county, Pa., Dec. 15, 1812. He is the son of Peter and Mary Elizabeth (Longsdorff) Spahr, who were both born in Cumberland county, Pa. Peter was by trade a wagon-builder, also a farmer; was born in 1784, and died in 1853. His wife was possessed of more than ordinary intellect, speaking fluently the German and English languages, and died in 1865, aged seventy-eight years. Jesse was educated in the public schools, and at the Western University, Pittsburgh. He commenced the study of medicine when a young man, and since 1835 has practiced his profession in Washington county, Bridgeville, and at his present home. He married, in 1838, Abigail Green, daughter of Obed Green, of Brooke county, West Va. (formerly of Baltimore, Md.). Five children, three of whom are now living, were born to Dr. Spahr: Clarence, a practicing physician with his father; Edward, a farmer, and Cornelia (Mrs. Moorehead). The farm on which Dr. Spahr resides is of historic interest, being near the site of the fighting-ground of the great whisky insurrection, and the remains of an ancient fort could, until recently, be seen on the farm. Dr. Spahr is conservative in politics.

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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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