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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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ALEXANDER Y. SHAW, farmer, McKeesport, was born in Versailles township, May 16, 1848, son of Samuel and Margaret (Samm) Shaw. His paternal grandfather, William Shaw, a native of Ireland, was among the pioneers of Versailles township; was a large land owner, and reared a family of nineteen children. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in Versailles township, and has always followed farming. He has been twice married; his first wife, Angenetta, daughter of Robert and Catherine (McCleary) Neel, of South Huntingdon township, Westmoreland county, Pa., bore him three children: Maggie E., Anna M. and Angenetta. His present wife was Mary A., daughter of Hamilton and Nancy (Dinsmore) Stewart, of McKeesport, by whom he has three children living: Nancy J., Julia S. and Alexander Hamilton. Mr. Shaw is a republican. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of McKeesport, and of the K. of H.

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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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