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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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A. M. PIERCE, M. D., West Elizabeth, son of James McK. and Mary (Kiddoo) Pierce, was born in Marietta, Washington county, Ohio, and is a descendant of the family of that name who came to the county about 1764. His grandfather’s name was Dr. Amos Pierce, who came from Monmouth county, N. J., and was known as a very successful cancer doctor. His father was born in Jefferson township in 1821; married, June 31, 1848, Mary, daughter of Thomas Kiddoo, a native of Snowden township, and removed to Ohio, where he carried on business about three years. He then returned to what is now Lincoln township. Their children were Mary A., Thomas J. K. and A. M., all now residents of West Elizabeth borough and Jefferson township. When A. M. Pierce was but a child his mother died, Sept. 24, 1854, and in course of time his father married Sarah, daughter of Andrew Boyd, of what is now Lincoln township, and by her were born John B., Joseph L. and Mattie D. A. M. Pierce, after his mother’s death, made his home with his grandfather, Dr. Amos Pierce, and after completing a preparatory course began the study of medicine with Dr. J. K. Van Kirk, of Elizabeth, remaining with him two years. He then entered Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, graduating during the centennial year, 1876; then located in West Elizabeth and engaged in the practice of his profession; is also interested in the manufacture of brick. Jan. 3, 1882, he married Mary Eleanor, daughter of Squire Henry and Sarah A. (Parkinson) Heath, and they have one child, Glenn M., born April 10, 1886.

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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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