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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 PYLE, post office Hulton, was born in Erie county. Pa., July 20, 1838. His parents, John and Mary Margaret Pyle, were natives of Lancaster county, Pa., and came to Pittsburgh when our subject was very small, but afterward moved to Penn township, where the father engaged in the coal mines, and died March 3,1880, of dropsy and heart disease. The mother died ten months later, of paralysis. John, the subject of this sketch, received a common-school education in this county, and when about nine years old entered the coal-mines with his father, in Wilkins township. At the age of twenty-one he began for himself in the mines of Penn township, continuing until he was thirty years of age, at which time he began farming in the same township for a firm of coal merchants; he also spent two years in Plum township, four years for Frank and Harry Johnson of Wilkins township, and has since been on the Lee farms of Plum township, the last four years conducting a dairy farm near the Verona borough limits. In 1864 he purchased two acres of land in Penn township, and in 1867 built a house; in 1878 he built another house on the same two acres. In 1885 he purchased two lots and a house in Verona, and in the spring of 1888 bought four lots and a house at Oakmont. He married, in his twenty-ninth year, Anna Mary Smeltz, of Plum township, a daughter of Lewis Smeltz. They have had six children: Sarah E., Jacob L., Harry L. and Frank E., all at home. The deceased are Mary M., who died at age of three years, and Nettie M., when aged ten years. Mr. Pyle 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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