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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 W. Black, farmer, post office Swissvale, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1830, a son of Robert and Margaret (Black) Black, both natives of Ireland, former of County Tyrone. Robert Black, by occupation white-lead manufacturer with the late P. K. Madarie for twenty-five years, came to America about the year 1820, and in 1832 located in Pittsburgh, where he died, aged seventy-seven years; his widow survived him ten years. He had ten children, John W. being the fifth. He was educated at the public schools of Allegheny county, and for thirty years was engaged at the trade of glassblower, since when he has carried on farming. In 1851 he married Sarah, daughter of George and Elizabeth Jackson, and two children were born to them: Harry Winfield (who died from injuries received in a railroad collision at Twenty-eighth street, Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 1880; he was an intelligent and promising young man), and George Jackson (also deceased, named for his grandfather). George Jackson was born in Derbyshire, England, and came to Pittsburgh in 1820, where he carried on a grocery store on the corner of Smithfield street and Virgin alley, where the Hotel Duquesne now stands; the property still belongs to his heirs; he died in 1854 of cholera; his widow died on Sept. 1, 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Black are members of the Presbyterian Church; 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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