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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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WILLIAM T. COWAN, farmer, post office Surgeon’s Hall, was born Aug. 11, 1840, on the old homestead in Baldwin township. His grandfather, David Cowan, was born in 1777, in Chester county, Pa., of Scotch descent. He removed to Snowden township, and later to Baldwin, where he died in 1868. His wife, who was a Miss Margaret Thompson, died in 1843, at the age of fifty-three years. She was the mother of nine children: Thomas, William, Samuel, John, Robert, Mrs. Rachel Cunningham, Mrs. Mary Sickman, Mrs. Eliza Irwin and Jane. Of these William was born in 1805 in this county, and died in 1883. He was a blacksmith by trade, which he learned with Bittner, at Whitehall. His wife was Margaret Calhoon, daughter of Noble Calhoon, Esq., a popular gentleman, and died in 1854, aged forty-nine years. Their children were Jane, Margaret, Noble C., David A., William T. and Sarah E. The father was a whig and a republican, and was treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church (liberal). The subject of this sketch married Anna M., daughter of Robert R. Bell, and their children are William R., Elizabeth C., Charles N., Anna, Amzi, Howard and Louis. Mr. Cowan has held the office of justice of the peace for the past six years.

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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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