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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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JOHN A. NEWTON, druggist, West Elizabeth, a son of William and Mary Jane (McElhenny) Newton, was born in West Elizabeth borough in 1850. His father was a native of Baltimore, Md., and when a boy became a sailor and followed the seas until he arrived at maturity. He came here and readily found employment as ship-carpenter. His wife was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Western Pennsylvania, and to them were born two children — John A. and C. A. William Newton died in 1854; his widow afterward married Louis Jester, and they are now residents of West Elizabeth borough. John A. made his home with his step-grandfather, Willey, until thirteen years of age, when he went to his mother’s home and remained with her until 1873. He married Sarah, daughter of A. W. and Rebecca Bedell, of West Elizabeth, after which he engaged in the drug trade, which he still follows. During the epidemic of scarlet fever which prevailed here in 1880 they lost their first three children—Walter S., Mary E. and Washington O. They now have two children — Ada L. and Emma B.

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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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