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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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CHARLES A. DUFFY, sheet-iron trimmer, McKeesport, was born in Butler county, Pa., Aug. 29, 1828, a son of Patrick and Bridget (Duffy) Duffy, who were among the pioneers of Butler county. His paternal grandfather, Michael Duffy, and maternal grandfather, Charles Duffy, were natives of Ireland, latter of whom settled in Butler county, in 1793, and former in 1820. Charles A. was reared in Armstrong county from four years of age, and there received a common-school education. In 1845 he located in Pittsburgh, where he served an apprenticeship of four years at the blacksmith’s trade, and afterward worked in the same city one year as a journeyman. In 1850 he came to McKeesport and worked at his trade as a journeyman until 1861; then entered the employ of W. D. Wood & Co., and has since worked with the same firm in the capacity of a sheet-iron trimmer. He married, in 1866, Amanda M., daughter of James M. Hendrickson, of McKeesport, and by her has one daughter, Kittie. Mr. Duffy is one of the substantial citizens of McKeesport, and has accumulated a competency, a good share of which he has invested in real estate. He is a stockholder in the People’s Bank and Bank of McKeesport, is director in the former and director in the Union Savings Fund and Loan association and Home Security Building and Loan association. He has served two years as member of the council. In politics he is independent; in religion he is a member of the R. C. Church.

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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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