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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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ANDREW SHANE, farmer, post office Sturgeon, was born in South Fayette township, in 1827. Samuel Shane, Sr., a native of County Down, Ireland, married Elizabeth Campbell, and had two children born to them in Ireland: Catharine and Andrew; they immigrated to America in 1801, their son Andrew dying on the ocean. In this country they had born two more sons: Henry, in 1803, and Samuel, Jr., in 1807. They settled first on Brice’s farm, one mile south of Miller’s run, purchasing seventy-eight acres of land from David Winters, situated between Miller’s and Robinson’s runs. Of above named, Samuel, Jr., married Mary Patterson, and died in 1873, the father of four children, Andrew, the subject of this memoir, being the eldest. He was reared in South Fayette township, and educated at the common schools. He has always been a farmer, and now owns one hundred acres of land, acquired by his own industry. He married, in 1851, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Mary Ann (Ramsey) Miller, and five children have been born to them, viz.: Richard M., Samuel, Thomas R., John P. and Anna Mary. Mr. Shane is a member of the U. 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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