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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 H. GALLAGHER, burgess, Sharpsburg, is a native of Pittsburgh, born in 1843. His father, James Gallagher, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, immigrated to America at an early period, located in Baltimore, and in 1835 came to Pittsburgh. He was an apothecary and druggist, and married Mary Drum, also of Ireland, who bore him nine children, five living. Thomas H. was among the older children; was educated at the public schools of the county and under private instructors, and learned the glassblowing trade, which he followed. Since 1873 he has held the position of manager of the glassworks of Tibby Bros., of Sharpsburg. Mr. Gallagher married, in 1877, Miss Jones, of Maryland, and two children bless their union: Lauretta Bell and Mary Alabama. Mr. Gallagher has always been a public-spirited citizen; was six years in the town council, and in January, 1888, was elected burgess of Sharpsburg. He is a member of the Catholic Church, politically 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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