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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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DAVID DUFF, farmer, post office Emsworth, was born in this county, April 1, 1849. His great-grandfather, James Duff, a native of Ireland, married Jane Davidson, and to them were born five children: William, James, David, Hugh, and Mrs. Mary Scott. The family lived in Westmoreland county, Pa., until 1786, when they came to Allegheny county and settled where Dixmont now stands. The son William married Margaret Boggs, of County Derry, Ireland, and they had three children: James, Davidson and Jane. Davidson married Mary Mitchell, and of their four children Margaret A. and David (our subject) are yet living. The two deceased are Mrs. Sarah Crawford and James H., a soldier of the 4th P. C., who died in Andersonville prison. Davidson Duff is a farmer, still owning 160 acres in Ohio township, formerly purchased by his father. He has filled every office in Ohio township, acting as justice of the peace for twenty years; he is a member of the U. P. Church. David Duff married Miss Mary M., daughter of Thomas D. Hamilton, and four children have blessed them: James S., Olive B., Harry L. L. and Pearl A. Mr. and Mrs. Duff are members of the U. P. Church, of which he is trustee; 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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