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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 RISCHPETER, contractor and builder, McKeesport, was born in Wiehe, Prussia, April 29, 1831, a son of Christian and Mary (Seitenfaden) Rischpeter. He was reared and educated in his native town, and served an apprenticeship of three years at the carpenter’s trade, after which he worked as a journeyman in his native country until 1856. He then immigrated to America, settled in Pittsburgh, and worked as journeyman in that city and Allegheny up to 1873, when he settled in McKeesport. Here he has since resided, and has been successful in business as a carpenter, contractor and builder. He married, in 1860, Charlotte, daughter of Gottleib and Dorothea (Koch) Shenaberger, of Germany, and they have three children living: Mary (Mrs. Adolph Hofman), Lizzie and Charley. Mr. Rischpeter is a member of the G. E. P. Church, and of the I. O. O. F.; 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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