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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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DANIEL RISHER, civil engineer, post office Homestead, was born Feb. 27, 1842. His grandfather, Daniel Risher, had nine children, of whom seven were daughters, all now widows, and of his two sons J. C. is yet a resident of Pittsburgh. He (J. C.) married Nancy Denny, daughter of John McClure. She died May 12, 1875, aged sixty-eight years. She and her husband were members of Lebanon Church; they were the parents of five children: Rev. Levi Risher, Mrs. S. S. Crump, Daniel, Mrs. William J. Snodgrass and John M. J. C., in 1851, bought the coal fields at Amity, which he and his son developed, the firm being known as J. C. Risher & Co. For seventeen years our subject was the third partner, and on him devolved most of the business, employing upward of four hundred men, and at times getting out 25,000 bushels of coal per day. They had their own sawmill, and built many barges for their own coal trade and for other people. Mr. Risher has been married twice; his present wife is Anna P. Gleadall, a native of the city of Allegheny. His first wife, Rebecca Gamble, of Elizabeth township, bore him five children. Mr. Risher is a member of the I. O. O. F., K. of P., Pittsburgh Commandery No. 1, K. T.

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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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