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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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JAMES HERRON ANDERSON, carpenter, Hulton, the second son of Matthew and Sarah (Robinson) Anderson (whose biography appears elsewhere), was born in Allegheny City, Dec. 15, 1852. He received his education there, and when eighteen years of age learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed until 1873. He came to Verona Dec. 1, 1874, and here kept store for one year; from 1880 until 1886 he worked in the Allegheny Valley railroad shops; then began contracting in house-building, and has met with good success. He was married in 1881 to Margaret Jane McNickle, a niece of the Misses Bright, of Verona, and born at Hulton; her parents now reside in Beaver county. Two children have blessed this union, viz.: Lucretia and Matthew Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are members of the U. P. Church. He is a republican, a member of the Jr. O. U. A. M. and of the Carpenters’ Union.

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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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