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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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BENJAMIN E. PRITCHARD, druggist, McKeesport, was born in Pittsburgh, November 30, 1848, a son of Arthur and Ann (Pickett) Pritchard, natives respectively of Georgetown, D. C., and Meadville, Pa. Arthur Pritchard was reared in his native city, and was a carpenter and pattern-maker by trade. In early life he located in Warren, Ohio, where he married and worked at his trade for several years. In 1845 he removed to Pittsburgh, and for a number of years was in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad company. He was a prominent Mason, and for fifteen years was the efficient officer of the masonic building at Pittsburgh. He died in 1866, at the age of sixty-four years. Benjamin E. was reared in his native city, and educated in the old Third Ward public school. In 1861 he became an office-boy in the employ of Judge J. M. Kirkpatrick, and in October, 1863, was apprenticed to the drug business, every department of which he thoroughly learned. For eight years of his early life he spent a part of each day as a newsboy. In 1867 he came to McKeesport, and was clerk in the drugstores of that city until April 1, 1880, when he embarked in business for himself, which he has since successfully continued. June 12, 1879, he married Malinda, daughter of Charles and Abigail (Good) Rice, of Greenville, Pa. Mr. Pritchard is one of the live and enterprising young business-men of McKeesport; is an active member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is secretary. He is a prominent Royal Arcanum man; politically 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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