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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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JAMES A. RUSSELL, furniture-dealer and undertaker, Braddock, is the seventh in the family of ten children of William Russell, a native of Scotland, who came to America in 1852. Our subject was born in 1840, received a common-school education, and at the age of fourteen (he was left an orphan at the age of thirteen) commenced learning cabinetmaking, at which he served an apprenticeship of four and a half years. In 1866 he came to Braddock, and commenced in a small way in the furniture business near his present site, and in 1884 he erected the three-story 33x90 brick building which he now occupies. In 1862 he married Mercy Wilson, of Westmoreland county, and five children were born to them, of whom two survive: Robert and Helen. Mr. Russell has been justice of the peace two terms; has been auditor of the borough, and was one of the original founders of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is an elder. He is a F. & A. M., in politics a republican.

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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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