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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 SHANNON, general merchant, Emsworth, was born in 1848 in Rockland county, N. Y., son of Oliver and Sarah Ann (Holmes) Shannon, who were born in Ireland in 1822 and 1826, respectively; they came to America in 1850, resided for two years in Rockland county, N. Y., and then moved to Pittsburgh. In 1859 the father rented a farm in Ohio township, which he carried on till 1867, when he bought sixteen acres where he now resides, built a store and carried on a grocery business, which afterward developed into a general store, now owned by his son John. He was married in 1845, and seven children were born to him: James A. (deceased), John, Maggie, Sarah (Mrs. Samuel Crawford), Robert W. (in California), Agnes (Mrs. John H. Dean), David R. (merchant in Ohio). The family are Presbyterians and republicans. Mr. Shannon was two years supervisor of the town. He owns two houses and lots in Allegheny. John Shannon was appointed postmaster in 1872, and has been treasurer of Kilbuck township since its organization. He has lately moved into a new store beside the old stand, and built a fine residence, where he owns five acres. He is a member of Allegheny Lodge, No. 223, F. & A. M.

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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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