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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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MATTHEW ANDERSON, carpenter, post office Hulton, is a native of Belfast, County Down, Ireland, born in the year 1822, a son of William and Mary (Fisher) Anderson. His father was a farmer, and died in Ireland in 1856, aged sixty-two years, and his mother in 1859, aged seventy-four. Mr. Anderson received his education in Ireland, came to Allegheny City in 1847, and began carpenter work, having learned the trade in Ireland. In 1848 he commenced working for the Pattersons in Allegheny City, and remained with them twenty-nine years, twenty-five as general foreman. With his son he started a planing-mill and box factory, but the panic of 1873 badly crippled his finances; he then came to Verona, where he has since resided. Mr. Anderson was married in 1846 to Sarah Robinson, a native of Belfast, Ireland, and daughter of William and Sarah (Scott) Robinson. Five children were born to this union, as follows: William and James (whose sketches will be found elsewhere), John (in Pittsburgh), Sarah and Mary. The family are connected with the U. P. Church; in politics Mr. Anderson 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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