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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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EPHRAIM CULP MOWER, butcher, post office Turtle Creek, was born in Philadelphia in 1844. His parents, Jacob and Mary Jane Mower, of German and English descent, respectively, died when he was young, and he was reared by an uncle, Ephraim Hollis. After the age of fourteen years, young Mower cared for himself, under his uncle’s’ kind tutelage. He spent three years on a farm, and before he was eighteen years of age enlisted in Co. I, 82d P. V. With this regiment he served until the close of the rebellion, re-enlisting at the end of the first three years, and, as a member of the Army of the Potomac saw hard service at the battles of Bull run and Cold Harbor. During the greater part of his service Mr. Mower was detailed as teamster, his uncle, above mentioned, being also engaged in the same capacity. After the war Mr. Mower settled in Allegheny county, and was employed as a miner, and in various ways. In 1876 he opened a meat market at Turtle Creek, and sold out two years later. In 1881 he again began the same business at Newtown, and has continued there since. He owns two dwellings and his place of business, and still keeps up association with military friends through the G. A. R. In June, 1877, Mr. Mower married Mary Jane, daughter of Jackson and Margaret Ann (Dobbins) Edwards. Mrs. Edwards died when her daughter was an infant. Mr. Edwards is now a resident of Newtown, engaged in mining coal. He was a soldier in an Illinois regiment during the civil war, in the southwest. Mrs. Mower was born in Carroll county, Mo., and is the mother of four children: Maggie Jane, Francis Edward, William Jackson and George Jacob.

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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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