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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 DUFF, farmer, post office White Ash, was born near his present residence Sept. 30, 1815. His grandfather, John Duff, came from Ireland at the commencement of the Revolution, and joined the American army. At the battle of Brandywine his whiskers were cut off by a bullet. At the close of the Revolution he bought land in Westmoreland county, Pa., where he dwelt for some time, and where his son James, father of our subject, was born. Before the beginning of this century he moved to Penn township, where he died about 1822. James, his son, bought the adjoining farm, married Catherine Fisher, a native of Ireland, and died in March, 1854, aged seventy-two years; his widow died in 1868. Five of their children grew to maturity: Mary (McGahey), now a resident of Leavenworth, Kan.; Isabel, Catherine (Turner), in Wilkinsburg; James and Ann; two sons, John and William, died in infancy. James has always lived on the same farm; has served as supervisor, collector, school director and justice of the peace. Although receiving but a limited education in the subscription schools, he has made his way in life and is a useful citizen. He was formerly a whig and abolitionist, and is a republican. In 1841 he married Betsey McClurken, who was born in Plum township, and they have two children: Catharine Ann (Mrs. John Sampson) and Cyrus B. Mrs. Duff’s parents, S. B. and Betsey (Speer) McClurken, were of Scotch and Irish descent, respectively. Mr. Duff’s family are connected with the Hebron U. P. Church.

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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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