Hugh Warren
Warren Family History Research Pages


The picture of Hugh Warren in a borrowed photographer's studio version of the Union Army uniform is a simultaneously a symbol of our knowledge of our Warren ancestors and one of frustration that we have been unable to discover who his parents were. Like many Americans of his era, he did not spend a lot of time thinking about his ancestors, or, at least, telling his children about them. His discharge papers survive and they indicate he was born in Pittsburgh around 1830. The census records collected during his life are consistent on his place of birth, although his birth year is a lot more flexible. He worked in and around the coal mines of Allegheny County, first as a miner and then as a coal hauler. He married a Baptist, but lived just down the road from St. Agnes Catholic Church and owned a burial plot in its cemetery. His sister Mary attended Mass at the church and was buried in the cemetery, but none of Hugh's children were baptized there until his daughter Kate, then a young adult, converted shortly after her mother's death. One of his sons claimed his father was born in Kentucky, another that he was born in the Irish Free State, which did not exist during Hugh's lifetime. His grandson told a story about Hugh being born in France of English parents and running away to sea. These stories probably tell us more about Hugh's descendants than about the man himself.

We know a good deal more about some of the families the Hugh's sons married into. They came mostly from German families and some of their ancestors immigrated to Pennsylvania when it was still a British colony and fought in the Revolution to establish the United States. Starting in eastern Pennsylvania around Allentown, they came west around 1800 and settled in Westmoreland County. Most were farmers, but there are tanners, weavers and railroad men among them. The charts on these pages give a quick sketch of their families and lives, but to know more about them one has to study the land, church and court records they left behind. I have collected a good deal of this information and would be glad to share it with others interested in these collateral lines. As time went on marriages to the granddaughters of Norwegian and Yugoslavian immigrants complicated matters a little and that's reflected in the linked charts, too.
Click on 'Surnames' to see a list of family names from my database. Links on that page will take you to individuals and their family units.



The information on these pages represents what was available to me as of the date below. If you have new or different information, or if you see mistakes, please let me know via e-mail.

Last Updated: December 13th, 2008

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