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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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J. N. ANDERSON, retired, Braddock, was born in York county, Pa., in 1822, son of Renix and Sarah (Nelson) Anderson, former a farmer by occupation, latter a native of England. His grandfather, James Anderson, came to this country from Ireland. J. N. remained on the farm where he was born until thirteen years of age, when he commenced a five years’ apprenticeship at the saddler’s trade, at the termination of which he followed the business two years; then traveled for a New York house three years. In 1849 he located in Pittsburgh, when he resumed his trade for nine months, and then entered the employ of the Exchange (afterward known as St. Clair) hotel, in which he remained until 1853. From that year until 1858 Mr. Anderson represented the Perry House, then returned to the St. Clair, and in 1874 purchased the property, continuing the business until 1884, in which year he built the Hotel Anderson, in every way conceded to be the most complete house of entertainment in the city. In 1858 Mr. Anderson married Miss A. E., daughter of George H. Bell, an early pioneer and prominent citizen of Allegheny county, and to this union were born six sons and one daughter: George B., Charles A., James Grant, Joseph N., Allen Kirkpatrick, Willie and Margret R. Mr. Anderson is a member of the U. P. Church, and is a republican.

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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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