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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 H. BERRY, justice of the peace, McKeesport, was born in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, Pa., August 3, 1815, a son of Daniel and Ellen (McNeeland) Berry. His father, a native of Maryland, and a tailor, settled, about 1812, in Mifflin township, where he worked at his trade a number of years, and in 1848 located in McKeesport, residing there until his death, in 1854. He (Daniel) had seven children: James H., Caroline (deceased), Eliza J. (Mrs. James O’Neil), Mary A. (Mrs. Robert Healey), Oliver P. (deceased), Ellen M. (Mrs. S. P. Ludwick, deceased) and Daniel W. (deceased). Mrs. Ellen Berry was born in this county, in 1790, a daughter of William McNeeland, a native of Ireland, and a pioneer of Mifflin township, this county. James H. was reared in Mifflin township, and worked at the tailor’s trade until thirty-five years of age. He then engaged in the grocery business for a number of years. In 1859 he located in McKeesport, and in 1863 was elected justice of the peace of that town, which office he has held for twenty-five years. His wife was Jane, a daughter of Robert and Anna (Crawford)Morrow, of Robinson township, Allegheny county, by whom he has two children, Anna E. (Mrs. E. F. Woods) and Jennie M. (Mrs. J. C. Smith). Mr. Berry has been burgess of McKeesport one term. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church; politically 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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