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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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J. B. NEEL, assistant cashier and teller First National Bank, Homestead, was born Dec. 11, 1857, in Mifflin township, a son of John F. Neel, whose grandfather, James, was a Scotchman, and one of the pioneers of this county, and who and his wife Rachel (McClure) were members of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, and parents of nine children, viz.: Dorcas (born in 1775), John F., Jane, Thomas, Harvey J., Grizella, Reuben, Rachel and Hiram (born in 1799). Of these Harvey J., the grandfather of James B., was born Sept. 30, 1785, and Was well known as a farmer, boatman, merchant and stockman. He was a stanch democrat, and was postmaster in Mifflin township for twenty-five years. He married Elizabeth Brierly, who became the mother of the following-named children: Jane J., John F., Robert B. and Hiram M. Of these John F. married Susannah K. Forsythe, who became the mother of James B., and died young. The subject of this sketch was educated in the public schools, attended St. Vincent’s College a short time, and graduated at Duff’s Commercial College in the class of 1878. He was teller in the First National Bank of McKeesport, for five years, and since Jan. 1, 1888, has been assistant cashier and teller in the First National Bank, Homestead. He married Sarah C. Risher, and has one child, S. Rebecca.

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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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