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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 C. BAILIFF, retired, Etna, was born Feb. 21, 1823, on the Isle of Man, Great Britain. He descends from an old family of science in England, who have the honor of being mentioned in the writings of Baron Von Humboldt. Joseph C. is the son of Abraham and Catharine (Brown) Bailiff, the latter of Scotch descent. They had three children, viz.: Mrs. Catharine Rome, of Onterior; Joseph C. and John, the latter living in California. Joseph was reared and received his education in Liverpool, where he also served an apprenticeship of seven years, and learned the plumbing, steam and gas-fitting trade. Subsequently, in 1849, he came to America, and worked in several of the principal cities of the United States. In 1850 he located in Pittsburgh, where he followed his trade in company with different partners. The last partnership was known as Bailiff & Brown, and continued successfully for twenty-five years. Mr. Bailiff was married to Rebecca M., daughter of Rodger Miller, of an old pioneer family, and they have one child, Addison P., who married Sarah Blanche Bagaley, by whom he has three children: Joseph C., Caroline B., and an infant daughter, Birdie Beulah. Politically Joseph C. 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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