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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, private secretary, Sewickley. William Semple, grandfather of our subject, was born in 1771, near Dublin, Ireland, came to America in 1795, and at Trenton, N. J., learned architecture. He came to Pittsburgh about the year 1800, and worked on the old courthouse on the Diamond. He followed his trade till the latter part of his life, when he kept a hardware store. He died in 1829. He married Anna, daughter of Charles Bonner, who fought in all the principal battles of the Revolution, and they had nine children: Nancy, Alexander B., William M., Samuel W., Mary C., Charles, Ellen, John B. and Frank. Of these, Samuel W. was a retail dry-goods merchant in Louisville, and later was in the iron business in the Pennsylvania mountains. Another son, John B. Semple, the father of Frank, was born in Pittsburgh, where he was in the wholesale dry goods business, and afterward, and at the time of his death, a member of the firm of Semple & Jones, bankers. He married Mary J. Blair, of Washington, Pa., and they became the parents of three children: Mrs. Louisa Clarke, Frank and Mrs. Mary Sharpe. At his death, in 1873, his son Frank continued the banking business, and in 1881 his partner, John B. Jones, sold his interest, the firm then being known as Semple & Thompson, who conducted the business till 1888, when our subject sold his interest to Mr. Thompson, and has since then been engaged in the railroad and coal business. He was educated in Pittsburgh, clerked in a dry-goods store, and later in a bank, after which he entered Yale College. Later he accompanied Prof. Benj. Silliman, of Yale College, as private secretary, inspecting the mines of California. At present he is attending to the private business of William Thaw.

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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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