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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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JOSEPH LAURENT, cashier German National Bank, Pittsburgh, was born in Butler county, Pa., June 10, 1837. His grandfather, Martin Laurent, came from Germany to America in 1805, and settled on a farm in Butler county, when his son, Martin J., was twelve years old. The latter early took employment in a store, and later went into business on his own account. He married Teresa, daughter of Philip Bohn, who immigrated about the same time as the Laurent family, Teresa being then eight years old. Martin J. Laurent died of cholera in 1854, leaving nine children, of whom Joseph, who is the eldest, attended the public schools of Butler till twelve years old, when he came to Pittsburgh and found employment in a store. In 1860, when the German Bank was organized, Mr. Laurent was employed as bookkeeper, afterward becoming teller, then assistant cashier, and for twenty years has been cashier. He is a member of SS. Peter and Paul R. C. Church, East End. Politically, he is independent. In 1861 he married Mary Hune, of European birth and parentage, and of their children following are now living: Clara, Amelia, Emma, Florence A., Aloysius A., Rosa and Stella. The first-born died in infancy, and the second, Joseph Albert, a very promising youth, died at the age of nineteen, of heart disease.

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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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