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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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JOSEPH ALLEN, farmer, post office West View, was born Jan. 1, 1810, in County Down, Ireland, a son of Samuel and Jenny (Carlisle) Allen, also natives of the Emerald Isle. He received his early education in his native land, and in 1846 immigrated to America. He worked in Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Pa., and later engaged in contracting, paving streets, excavating, etc. This he followed with marked success until 1861, when he removed to Ross township, where he owns thirty-three acres of land. Mr. Allen married Eliza Musgrave, with whom he was acquainted in Ireland. They are the parents of two children, Mary E. and John M. The latter, who is in the coke and coal business in Pittsburgh, married Katie Kinney, and they have three children: Mamie, John M. and Eliza. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the R. P. Church. Politically he 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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