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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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JOSEPH A. SKELLEY, real-estate and insurance agent, McKeesport, was born near Latrobe, Pa., March 28, 1852, and is a son of Michael and Mary A. (Henry) Skelley. He was educated at the public and normal schools of Latrobe, learned telegraphy, and in 1871 went to Ohiopyle, on the Pittsburgh, Washington & Baltimore railroad, as agent and operator for that road. In 1872 he located in McKeesport, and was freight, baggage and ticket agent for a number of years at that place, where he has since resided, and was for two terms city clerk. In 1884 he was unanimously nominated (without solicitation) for clerk of court of Allegheny county; his party being in the minority, however, he was defeated, but his popularity in his party was shown by the fact that he polled 2,000 votes more than the Cleveland electors did in the same county. He has always been an active democrat, and prominent in the councils of his party. He formerly conducted a drug store in McKeesport, and later was with Skelley Bros. In the spring of 1888 he embarked in business as a real-estate and insurance agent. In 1881 he married Miss Ella Kane, of Ft. Wayne, Ind. Mr. Skelley is one of the auditors of the New Enterprise Building & Loan association, a member of the Board of Trade, on the executive and transportation committees, and one of the trustees of the grand council of the Catholic Mutual Benefit association, and district deputy of the same.

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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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