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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 SHAWHAN (deceased) was born near Pittsburgh in 1797, and died in 1881. He married, in 1833, Margaret, daughter of William and Martha (Montgomery) Caldwell, and they had eight children, of whom four daughters are now living, viz.: Imogene, Georgia, Willie and Robbie. The Shawhan family originally came from Kentucky; Daniel, the pioneer, took up a section of land near where Mount Lebanon Church now stands. His son Robert married Mary Williams, and by her had four daughters and five sons. Robert was a farmer, and owned the land purchased by his father; he died aged sixty-seven years. Daniel, the subject of this sketch, was the eldest son born to Robert and Mary Shawhan. He followed farming, but was at one time engaged in the coal business, having had coal on his land. Mrs. Shawhan, now aged seventy-five years, resides on the homestead with her youngest daughter, Robbie; both are members of the Presbyterian 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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