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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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GUSTAVUS A. MEYER, miller, post office Elizabeth, is a son of John R. Meyer, who was a native of Prussia, and a captain in the Prussian army. He immigrated to this country in 1838 and settled in Cincinnati, working at his trade as a tailor. In 1846 he moved to Muskingum county, Ohio, and in 1854 to Pittsburgh. He was a soldier in the civil war, and was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. He left six children, Gustavus A. being the eldest. He was born Jan. 27, 1838, on board the ship in which his parents were coming to this country, while in the Gulf of Mexico. He learned the trade of pattern-making, and worked at it for many years in Pittsburgh. In 1873 he went to Virginia, where he owned a saw-and grist mill on Potomac run, and another on Acquia creek. After nine years he returned to Pittsburgh, and remained until July, 1887, when he purchased the Elizabeth flouring-mills of Mr. T. H. Drennan, and is the head of the Meyer Milling company. Nov. 1, 1858, he was married to Anna M., daughter of William and Elizabeth (Gosman) Caseman, of Pittsburgh. They have five living children: Amelia (Mrs. Jacob Liese), of this borough; Minerva, Gustavus A., Jr., William R. and May, living at home. Mr. Meyer was captain of the pioneer corps of the S. W. army, which was raised in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of William Tell Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Wheeling, W. Va., and A. O. U. W. of Millvale borough, Pa.

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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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