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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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N. J. BLACK, contractor and builder, Avalon, was born near Six-Mile Ferry, Allegheny county, Pa., May 22, 1851, the son of John and Mary (Coleman) Black, both of whom were natives of this county. John Black was a carpenter, and his parents came from Ireland. The subject of this sketch attended the country schools, and at the age of fourteen he was in the service of Rev. McAboy. He next learned the carpenter’s trade, and after working eight years for Mullon, Steen & Co. he moved to Bellevue, where he continued his trade for two years. For the next five years he was in the grocery business at West Bellevue, but his health failing him, he again took up the hammer and saw, this time contracting for himself, and has erected nearly all the houses at West Bellevue built since he engaged in the business. At the age of twenty-one he married Mary S. Davis, a granddaughter of Bassell Davis, he being the first white settler that side of the river. Her parents were James S. and Mary J. (Beem) Davis, both natives of this county. Her father was a farmer and an extensive sheep-raiser. Mr. and Mrs. Black have one child, Birdie D. They are members of the Bellevue M. P. Church, of which he is a steward. Mr. Black is a member of Jr. O. U. A. M. When he first moved to West Bellevue he was elected assessor and councilman, serving three years. He was then appointed first postmaster, the office then being called Myler, now changed to Avalon. He was elected burgess in 1888, and re-elected in 1889.

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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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