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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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AUGUST MILLER, contractor, Homestead, was born May 15, 1845, in Godelhausen, Bavaria, Germany, a son of Conrad and Mary Miller. He came to America at the age of thirteen years, and his first work was in the glass-factory of Fred McKee & Brothers, of Pittsburgh, Pa., working four days a week for much less wages than his board cost, but worked at carpentering the other two days to make both ends meet. Being a bright lad, he was soon promoted, and earned fair wages. Afterward he learned the wagon-maker’s trade. In 1864 he went to Springfield, Tenn. to work for the United States government and was promoted to foreman before he reached his twentieth year. After returning to Pittsburgh he learned the carpenter’s and builder’s trade, which he has followed successfully ever since. In 1871 he built the first house in Homestead, in the midst of a cornfield. Since that time he has been identified with Homestead, where he has erected many fine structures. Mr. Miller spent time and money to learn his trade thoroughly, hence his success. In 1870 he was married to Mary F. Young, a Pittsburgh lady, and they had three sons and one daughter, Adele V. being the only child living. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are both Presbyterians.

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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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