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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 SERENA, coal-operator, McKeesport, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., Jan. 13, 1830, a son of Jacob and Mary (Norris) Serena. Jacob Serena for some years conducted a sawmill, and lived and died in Westmoreland county. His family consisted of twelve children: George (deceased),Sophia (Mrs. Robert Snyder), David, Barbara (Mrs. David McRoberts), Eliza J. (Mrs. James Means), John, Samuel (deceased), Mary A. (Mrs. William F. Mullen), Archibald, Jacob, Sarah (Mrs. K. Long) and Joseph. John Serena was reared in Westmoreland county until seventeen years of age, when he came to McKeesport with his widowed mother in 1849, and was the mainstay of the family. He was in the employ of William Neel, a large coal-operator, for twenty-five years. Beginning at the foot of the ladder as a miner, he worked his way until he became superintendent of the works, which position he held for many years. In 1878 he embarked in business for himself as a coal merchant and operator in McKeesport, and has succeeded in building up a large and growing business. He married, in 1854, Maria J., daughter of James and Isabella White, of Plum township, this county, and has five children living: Isabella, Anna V., J. Franklin, J. Elmer E. and Ida (Mrs. F. M. Rhodes). Mr. Serena is a member of the C. P. Church and K. of P.; in politics he 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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