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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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HIRAM M. NEEL, farmer, post office Hope Church, was born April 20, 1832, on the place in Mifflin township which his grandfather settled shortly after the Revolution, and on which, in 1798, he built a brick house which is yet standing. James H. Neel, the father of Hiram M., was four years old when he came to this county. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Robin Brierly, and both were nearly eighty years old when they died. The subject of this memoir married Agnes, daughter of Matthew H. West, and their children are Mrs. Elizabeth B. Rath, Harry J., Samuel W., Ralph A. and West. Mr. Neel is yet in possession of a part of the old homestead, which he farms. His uncle, Hiram Neel, worked on the first inclined railroad on the river, near Port Perry, and his uncle, Reuben, was one of the first to pilot coal down the river, but on a trip to New Orleans he was lost. His uncle Thomas led a checkered life, having kept tavern, was a contractor on canals, etc.

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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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