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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 DOOLITTLE, retired, post office Mansfield Valley, was born in West Virginia in 1812, one of a family of eleven children, of whom Jacob and John survive. (See sketch of Jacob Doolittle.) John received his primary education in an old log schoolhouse situated in the woods near his father’s farm, which comprised some two or three hundred acres; and after he had learned his trade, bricklaying, in Waynesburg, Greene county, he attended school again three winters. In 1831 he came to Pittsburgh (which place he had visited with his brother in 1828), and here worked at his trade for a time; then with his brother moved to Birmingham, now known as South Side, and here resided twenty-five years, engaged in bricklaying. Here he served two terms in the town council, one term as school director, and as juryman when the old courthouse stood where the market-house now is, Mr. Grier being judge. Moving to the Brownsville road, in Baldwin township, Mr. Doolittle lived there six years, serving as school director three years; then came to near Mansfield, in Scott township, where he also served as school director three years (war period). He now resides in Mansfield, retired from active work, but superintending his farm, which he had carried on several years.

Mr. Doolittle has been twice married, first in 1836 to Anna Eliza Noble, and second, in 1840, to Elizabeth Duncan. He has had twelve children, four being now deceased. He is a member of the M. E. 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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