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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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ROBERT M. RATH, farmer, post office Cosgrove. Alexander Rath, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Ireland, of Scotch extraction. His son, Adam, married Mary Macyeal, and they had the following-named children: Robert, James, Margaret, Mrs. Jane McElhenny, Mrs. Martha Heazlep, Mrs. Nancy McAnulty, John and Adam (the last named was a member of the Hampton battery, and was killed at Gettysburg, in the peach orchard). The last-named Robert Rath was born in December, 1812, in Country Antrim, Ireland, and immigrated to this country with his parents. He had to make his own way in the world, but became a successful farmer. He is a member of Mifflin U. P. Church, and of session; he is a democrat. He married Mary McFadden, and their children are Mrs. Mary J. Curry, James H., Samuel A., Robert M. (whose name heads this sketch), Mrs. Nancy B. Morton, Mrs. Ellen Brierly, Mrs. Caroline McClure and Emma.

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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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