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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 BLACK, retired, post office Brinton, was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1818, only son of John and Martha (Grier) Black, former of whom was a farmer in Ireland. Our subject was educated at the schools of his native county, and in 1837 immigrated to America, locating in Philadelphia for one year. He then came to Pittsburgh, and was here employed for eight years as a clerk; thence came to Wilkins (now Braddock) township, and was here engaged in mercantile business till 1853, when he purchased 136 acres of valuable land and carried on farming till 1887, in which year he sold the farm and retired from active life. Mr. Black married, in 1844, Ellen, daughter of William Bailey, a farmer, and five children were born to them: Sarah (Mrs. Gilliland), and George, Elizabeth, Ella and Belle, at home. Our subject has held several township offices; is a member of the U. P. Church, and 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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