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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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REV. SAMUEL HENDERSON MOORE, Wilkinsburg, son of John C. and Abigail Moore, was born near Butler, October 5, 1855. His mother was born in the same house as himself, and his father nearby. Samuel N. Moore, grandfather of Samuel H., was a schoolteacher, and came from Westmoreland county to Butler county in 1823; he was an abolitionist, and did all in his power to aid fleeing slaves, as did his son. The United Presbyterian Church represents their religious associations. Mrs. Abigail Moore was a daughter of Col. William McJunkin, and died in 1860 at the age of twenty-four years, Samuel H. being her only child. John C. has since married, and has four daughters and a son by his second wife. He taught twenty-four terms in one schoolhouse, and has always lived on the same farm. Samuel H. Moore attended the public schools and spent three years under the tutelage of Prof. W. I. Brugh and Rey. J. W Hamilton, at Witherspoon Institute in Butler. He entered the sophomore class of Westminster College at New Wilmington in 1872, and graduated three years later. He then took a three years’ course at Allegheny United Presbyterian Theological Seminary, graduating in 1878, and during the second year taught the Greenville High-school, keeping up with his class.

He was licensed by the U. P. Presbytery to preach, but preferring the ordinances of the Presbyterian Church, he was ordained in 1879 by the Mahoning presbytery of that church, and took charge of a church at Poland, Ohio, October 1, 1879. He went from there to Imperial, and from that church came to Wilkinsburg, February 1, 1885. During one year of his labor at Poland he received over ninety members, and since coming to this place the church has grown from 188 to 420 communicants. This is partly owing to the rapid growth of the borough, and to the strength and labors of the pastor. He is a worker for prohibition, but still gives his political allegiance to the republican party. May 17, 1877, he wedded Carrie S., daughter of D. F. and Zenesta McCready, of New Wilmington, and they have three daughters: Abigail and Zenesta, born May 27, 1878, and Mary, born January 21, 1886. All the people mentioned in this sketch are of Scotch-Irish descent.

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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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