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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 O’NEIL, retired, McKeesport, was born in Mifflin township, this county, September 15, 1815, a son of John and Sarah (Robinson) O’Neil. His paternal grandfather, Charles O’Neil, a native of Ireland, a pioneer of Carlisle, Pa., was a farmer, and settled in Mifflin township, Allegheny county, prior to the Revolution. His maternal grandfather was Samuel Robinson, also a native of Ireland, and pioneer of Mifflin township, who paid for three farms in that township by packing iron on horses over the mountains to Pittsburgh. He had three daughters, and at his death left each of them a farm. John O’Neil, a farmer, father of the subject of this sketch, and a native of Carlisle, Pa.., was drafted from this county, in the Revolution, and while on his way to join the Federal forces was dismissed, as the war had closed. He reared a family of six children: Denny, Elizabeth (Mrs. William Rapp), Polly (Mrs. Samuel Hamilton), Samuel, James and John. Of these James was reared in Mifflin township, and began work in the coal mines when twelve years of age. Soon after attaining his majority he managed mines for Robert McLure. In 1847 he embarked in business for himself at Fort Perry, later at Dravosburg. and located in McKeesport in 1850, where he was actively engaged in the coal business until 1888, when he retired. He married, in 1849, Eliza J., daughter of Daniel Berry, of Mifflin township, this county, and had seven children: Melissa J. (Mrs. Marcks Murphey, deceased), Harvey, John, Ella (Mrs. J. S. Kuhn), Anna, Caroline and James. Mr. O’Neil is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is 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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