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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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THOMAS GALBRAITH, M. D., Tarentum, son of George and Isabel (Gilkerson) Galbraith, was born at Barnet, Vt., in 1816. His parents, who were natives of Scotland, came from there to Vermont, where they lived and died. Thomas received his literary education in Vermont and his medical training in Pennsylvania, having studied with Dr. David Alter, of Freeport, Armstrong county, Pa., and graduated at Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, in 1853. He attended the first course during the winter of 1847-48, and in 1849 he with others went to California, where he engaged in mining until his return in 1852. His success there enabled him to complete his education, purchase a library, instruments, horse, etc., and immediately following his graduation he began the practice of his profession in Tarentum, where he has since been identified with many of its local enterprises. In 1860 Dr. Galbraith married Martha Jane, daughter of Robert and Nancy Gilliford, of Tarentum, and their children were Nannie Belle (deceased), Margaret Marion, Helen Maria, Annie Martha, Josephine Mary (now Mrs. O. C. Camp, of Tarentum), Emily May, Genie Elizabeth, Almira Gilliford, Caroline Stewart, Thomas Edward, Missouri Hague. Dr. and Mrs. Galbraith are members of the U. P. Church.

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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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