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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 M. RISHER, coal merchant and producer, Dravosburg, was born Sept. 16.1849, at Six-Mile Ferry, this county, a son of John C. Risher. He was educated at the Western University, and the Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y. After leaving school he was clerk in the banking-house of S. McLean & Co., Fourth street, Pittsburgh, for one year, and then went to a position with the Fort Pitt Banking company, Pittsburgh, filling the same with ability three years, when he resigned to accept the position of bookkeeper and superintendent in the coal business of J. C. Risher & Co., retaining his residence in Dravosburg. In the fall of 1878, in partnership with James H. Gamble, he bought the coalfield at White Mills, in Washington county, known as the Penney tract, and which he operated successfully. In February, 1884, he purchased Mr. Gamble’s interest, and has now in operation two coal banks, with a capacity of 15,000 bushels per day. His dealings with the miners have been such as to benefit them, and good feeling exists between employer and employed. Mr. Risher married Mary J., daughter of Robert and Priscilla Patterson, and five children have blessed them: Robert P., Eva A., Bessie G., who died aged seven years; Mary J. and Fannie M. Mr. and Mrs. Risher are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Jr. O. U. 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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