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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 W. BEALE, farmer, Natrona, son of Washington and Rosanna (McCune) Beale, was born in Harrison township, Allegheny county, Pa., in 1855, on the farm he now owns. His grandfather, Washington Beale, was one of the first settlers in that portion of the country, and he with three other brothers laid out the first streets in Philadelphia. Washington Beale located in Harrison township, and reared a family of ten children: Margaret, Priscilla, Nancy, Alexander, Thomas, Washington, James, Sarah, Hannah and Mrs. Boyd. Washington, father of G. W., was born on the place now owned by Samuel Alter, in Harrison township, March 1, 1821; he married, and reared a family of seven children: Joseph G., Jane E., the late Mrs. David H. Harrison; May J., now Mrs. W. R. Logan; James B., Margaret M., now Mrs. J. R. Anderson; George W. and Sarah A., who died July 10, 1881. Mr. Beale died April 6, 1885, his wife having died July 10, 1881. George W., in 1887, married Zelia E., daughter of Alfred Harrison, of Shadyside, and located on the farm he now owns, where he is engaged in farming and dealing in stock, his father having been the first importer of heavy draft horses in this country. Mr. and Mrs. Beale have one child, Mattie E. Beale, and are members of the Presbyterian Church of Freeport.

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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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