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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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JOHN LOWEN, gardener, Mt. Washington. George Lowen was a native of Kent, England, and in 1832 emigrated to Allegheny county, Pa., settling in Pittsburgh. He was a gas-fitter by trade, and was employed as fitter and gas inspector for the city of Pittsburgh. He was the father of thirteen children, eight of whom were born in America, John being the oldest in the family. In his declining years Mr. Lowen moved to the country, where he purchased fifty acres of land, and there lived until he died, in 1885, aged seventy-eight years. John was but seven years of age when he came to America, and received his education in the schools of Pittsburgh. He learned the tinsmith, copper and sheet-iron business, which he followed for eight years. He then located at his present place, and has since been engaged in gardening and fruit growing. He was married in 1860 to Sophia, daughter of Charles Vick, and four children were born to them, viz.: George W., Virginia L., Walter C. and Ida Blanche. The family are Episcopalians. Mr. Lowen 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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