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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 SHAW, miller, Glenshaw. His grandfather, John Shaw, was one of the pioneer millers in this county, and died Aug. 17, 1839, aged eighty years; his wife, Elizabeth Shaw, died Jan. 31, 1842, aged seventy years. Their son, John Shaw, was born Feb. 21, 1800, and died Oct. 31, 1882. He was reared on the old Shaw homestead, and was a miller by trade. He built the brick mill on Pine creek, which superseded the old log saw-and grist-mill built by his father. His sons, William and John, Jr., operated the mill the last twenty-five years of its usefulness. John Shaw was a stirring man, and one well known far and wide. He opened a number of coal-mines, among others the Sandy creek mines, which he operated for many years. He also opened the mines at Glenshaw, and built the tramway for Spang, Chalfant & Co., on which coal was hauled to their mill. He married Matilda, daughter of an old settler, William Courtney; she was born July 23, 1805; she died Sept. 13, 1879. Their union was blessed with the following-named children: William C.; Mrs. Dr. Hopper, of Canton, China; Mrs. John L. George, John, Jr., Nancy, James, Dickson C., Alexander, Sarah C., Thomas W. and Walter L.

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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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