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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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GEORGE HENRY MOORE, manager of gas-office, Verona, was born in Johnstown, Cambria county, Pa., Sept. 23, 1845, the eldest son of George H. Moore, a native of Plymouth, England, who came to America when twelve years old. The father was employed as driver on the Pennsylvania canal, but later became agent for a large forwarding-house on the same route. In 1849 he went to California, where his health failed under exposure, and he was compelled to return. As soon as he was partially recovered he took employment as mate on an Ohio steamer, and died of cholera at Cincinnati in 1854, aged thirty-three years. His wife, Mary M., was a daughter of Richard Mercer, a descendant of Gen. Mercer, of the revolutionary army, of Scotch stock. Their living children are George Henry, Eliza Ann (Curry), Richard M. and Agnes H. (Calvin). Martha, the youngest, died in 1886, unmarried. When thirteen years old our subject went to Clapton, Iowa, where he remained on a farm until August, 1862. He then entered Co. G, 21st I. V., as drummer, and served in the western army until the close of the conflict. He participated in the battles of Fort Gibson, Champion Hills, Black river, Vicksburg and the capture of Matagorda island, and the forts on Mobile bay. At Vicksburg he received a scalp wound from a fragment of shell, and during that battle carried orders over a bare hill under a fierce fire from the enemy. In 1865 Mr. Moore came to Pittsburgh, and was engaged in refining oil on the Allegheny river’ over sixteen years. Since December, 1885, he has been superintendent of the Verona district of the Philadelphia company. He is a republican, is a member of the school board and borough council, and was elected justice of the peace in 1888. Mr. Moore married, in 1868, Mary Porter, who was poisoned eleven months later, through the mistake of a druggist filling a prescription. In 1878 Mr. Moore married Elizabeth, daughter of J. R. Cribbs. Four children have been born to this union: George Henry, Bessie, Walter (deceased) and Florence.

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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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