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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 SYLVES, miner, post office Turtle Creek, was born in Conemagh township, Indiana county, Pa., Sept. 10, 1847. His father, Peter, was a son of Conrad Sylves, of German stock, but his mother, Catharine (Getty), was born in Ireland. Peter Sylves was a farmer, and died in Conemagh in 1853. Robert began to earn his living when nine years old, being employed on a farm, and has made a business of mining since he was eighteen. In 1874 he became a resident of Patton township, and bought property, which he improved. He enlisted, in 1864, as a recruit in a veteran regiment, the 107th Pennsylvania, and served ten months with the Army of the Potomac, seeing a great deal of active warfare about Petersburg, Va. He attends the Lutheran Church, with which his family is united. In 1886 he married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Douds, a native of Indiana county. Mr. Sylves died in March, 1887, aged thirty-eight years, leaving six children: Jennie, Joseph, Mary, Peter, Thomas and Eliza. Two children, Rosa and Annie, died in infancy. Mr. Sylves has always been a democrat.

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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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