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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. W. NESBIT, farmer, post office Beechmont, was born in Allegheny county, Pa., in 1840. His grandfather, John Nesbit, came to this country from Ireland about 1890, having previously married Hannah Kirkpatrick. He was a farmer, settled in Allegheny county soon after coming to America, reared a family of ten children, and lived to the age of ninety years. James McConnell Nesbit, the father of the subject of this sketch, was the youngest of this family, born in 1810. He married Ann Eliza, daughter of Stephen Woods, in the year 1839, and lived on the farm inherited from his father, now in Collier township, Allegheny county. Their family consisted of eight children, six of whom are now living. He died May 17,1878.

J. W. is the eldest of this family, and was educated in the public schools; enlisted in 1862, in Co. D, 149th P. V., and served until the close of the war; took part in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged, prominent among which may be mentioned Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania, Petersburg and Hatcher’s run. Oct. 20, 1870, he married Jennie, daughter of Benjamin Chubbic, of Washington county, Pa., and has three children: Harry J., Charles B. and Frank W., all of whom are now living and at home.

Mr. Nesbit, since his return from the army, has been actively identified with the business and political interests of the county; is a member of the Presbyterian Church, a member of the G. A. R.; has been a commissioned officer (captain of Co. C, 14th regiment) in the National Guard of Pennsylvania since Aug. 14, 1875. Politically he is a republican, and was elected to the legislature from the Sixth district, Allegheny county, in 1880; re-elected in 1882, and elected again in 1888. He is now engaged in farming, building and contracting, burning and manufacturing lime, and in the insurance and real-estate business.

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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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