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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 DOUGLAS, retired, McKeesport, was born in Ohio township, October 29, 1811, a son of William and Martha (Crawford) Douglas. His parents, natives of Ireland, settled in Pittsburgh in 1806; soon after removed to Ohio township, and thence to Franklin township, where they resided until their deaths. Their children were Mary A., Joseph, William and John. Joseph was reared in Ohio township; at sixteen years of age was apprenticed at the blacksmith’s trade, and for several years worked journeyman in Pittsburgh and Allegheny. In 1833 he started a shop of his own in Franklin township, and in 1835 located in Baldwin, where he conducted a shop for nine years. In 1846 he located in Mifflin township, remaining there until 1867, when he removed to McKeesport, went into the livery business, with W. W. Hunter, and remained three years. He married, in 1833, Eliza, daughter of John and Sarah Miller, of Baldwin, Allegheny county, and to them were born twelve children, of whom six grew to maturity - William, John (killed at the battle of Lookout Mountain in the civil war), Joseph C., Samuel, Mary A. and Sarah J. (Mrs. W. W. Hunter, now deceased). Mr. Douglas is a member of the Presbyterian Church, in politics 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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