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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. D. O’NEIL, merchant, McKeesport, was born in Elizabeth, this county, May 15, 1867, a son of Alfred B. and Fanny (Stephens) O’Neil. His paternal grandparents were Denny and Sarah (Brauff) O’Neil, former of whom was a native of this county, and most of his life was engaged as superintendent of coal works; he was a son of John and Sarah (Robinson) O’Neil, and John was a son of Charles O’Neil, a native of Ireland, a farmer by occupation, and a pioneer of Mifflin township, this county. The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was R. C. Stephens, Esq., of Elizabeth. Alfred B. O’Neil is a native of Mifflin township, where he was reared and educated. He followed the river for twenty-five years as boatman, pilot and captain. For a number of years he was in mercantile business at Elizabeth and since 1885 has been a resident of Mc Keesport, where he has large real-estate interests, and where he has contributed much to the growth and development of the city by erecting several substantial business blocks and numerous dwellings. The subject of this sketch removed to McKeesport in 1884, and same year opened a department-store, stocked with novelties of every description, which he has since successfully conducted. In January of the present year, in partnership with his brother, he also embarked in the dry-goods trade, and at present is doing a very nice business. He is a public-spirited and enterprising young merchant, and worthy of the confidence of the public and of the esteem in which he is held.

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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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