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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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GEORGE RITCHEY. engineer, post office Verona, was born in County Down, Ireland, Feb. 9, 1836, and in 1848 his parents, George and Mary (Cherry) Ritchey, embarked for America. They settled in Penn township, Allegheny county, where the grandfather, Thomas Cherry, had settled some time before. Here Mrs. Ritchey died, in May, 1886, the mother of five boys and five girls. Of these George is the third eldest. He attended the Round Hill school, Penn township, and worked with his father until he was twenty-two years of age. He then married Sarah A. Gray, a native of Penn township, and daughter of Samuel Gray. The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ritchey: Elizabeth, Ella (Mrs. H. L. Hoelin), William, James, Watson, Belle (Mrs. Cyrus Shade), Murray and Samuel; Edward, Emma and George are at home. Mrs. Ritchey is a member of the U. P. Church. Mr. Ritchey is a member of the I. O. O. F., Royal Arcanum and L. O. L., No. 33. Three years after marriage he sold his place to enter the army, but sickness in his family prevented his going. In 1874 he became engineer at the Verona Tool-works, which position he still holds. Jan. 28, 1885, he was caught in the engine drive wheel, and the side of his face, arms and limbs were ground to the bone. After eight months he recovered, though he has some very bad scars left to tell the terrible work of a few moments.

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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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