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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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FRANK SEMPLE BISSELL, manufacturer, Pittsburgh, was born in that city, January 28, 1833. His father, John Bissell, was a native of Connecticut, and a pioneer in the rolling-mill business in Pittsburgh; his mother, Nancy Semple, was born in that city. Frank S. graduated at Williams College, Massachusetts, in 1854, and two years later embarked in the manufacture of stoves, in company with his brother Charles, now of Cleveland, as successors of Paine, Lee & Co., on the rolling-mill site, Allegheny City. For the last twenty years he has been sole proprietor, and the business is largely conducted by his eldest son. In 1884 he bought the house in Wilkinsburg built by Henry Harbaugh in 1843, and now resides here. The grounds extend on Penn avenue from West to Alfred streets. Mr. Bissell is a vestryman in St. Andrew’s Protestant Episcopal Church of Pittsburgh; a member of the executive committee of Dixmont hospital, and one of the board of managers of the Exchange National bank, Pittsburgh; politically he is a republican. His first wife, Martha H., daughter of Dr. Thomas Miller, bore him one son, Harry M. His present wife, Annie M., daughter of George W. Jackson, of Pittsburgh, is the mother of two sons, George W. J. and John B.

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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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