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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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HUGH C. SKELLEY, of the firm of H. C. & J. K. Skelley, dry-goods merchants, and Skelley Brothers, books and stationery, McKeesport, was born in Latrobe, Pa., Dec. 25, 1859, a son of Michael and Mary A. (Henry) Skelley. His paternal grandfather was Hugh Skelley, a native of Cambria county, and his maternal grandfather was Conrad Henry, a native of Berks county, Pa., and a veteran of the war of 1812. Our subject was reared in his native town and educated in the common schools. He settled in McKeesport in 1871, and for a number of years served in the capacity of clerk of the principal stores of the city. In 1878 he embarked in the book and stationery business; in 1880 he took his brother into partnership, and the firm until 1886 was known as H. C. Skelley & Brother, and since as Skelley Brothers. In 1886 he embarked in the dry-goods business under the firm name of Skelley & Reiber, and in January, 1887, he and his brother bought out Reiber’s interest, and the firm has since been known as H. C. & J. K. Skelley, and is the leading dry-goods house in the city. Hugh C. Skelley married, April 28, 1885, Mary J., daughter of Edward and Ann (Holmes) Manley, of Allegany county, Md., and by this union there is one son, Hugh J. Mr. Skelley is one of the directors of the Building & Loan association; is a member of the Board of Trade, of which he is on the executive and printing committees; is vice-president of the McKeesport & Duquesne Bridge company, and a director in the McKeesport Light company. In religion he is a Roman Catholic; in politics a democrat.

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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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