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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 SIMPSON, foreman of the butt-weld department National Tube-works, McKeesport, was born in Manchester, England, June 9, 1841, a son of James and Catherine (Pendleberry) Simpson. He was reared and educated in his native city, and served an apprentice ship of seven years at the machinist’s trade. Coming to America in 1869, he settled in McKeesport, where he was foreman in the McKeesport locomotive and car works five years. In 1874 he engaged with the National Tube-works company as a machinist, and since 1880 has held his present position. In 1862 he married Abigail, daughter of John and Ann (Riley) Hill, of Manchester, England, and by her has eight children: Polly, James A., Thomas, Annie, Florence, Henry I., Charles and Diana E. A. Mr. Simpson is a representative citizen of the borough, a member of the F. & A. M., and 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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