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I don't know America geography, but I think that J L Russell being based in Washington, PA, in 1848, is worth a further look.
Washington PA is 25 miles by old wagon road from Pittsburgh
In the US 1850 census a John L Russell lived there in Washington, PA, old 20 years, merchant. More Russells lived there, also later on.I can not trace the same man in other censuses.Who helps??
There was a rev JL Russell in the pastorate in that place. see http://archive.org/stream/cu31924052293200/cu31924052293200_djvu.txtSo be careful not to accept this as Charles' father withut further evidenceTon
A check of the reference you give provides the name of a Rev Joshua L Russell, who later took on responsibility in Los Angeles c. 1887.Sadly, doesn't appear to be our man.
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