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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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PHILLIP SIMMONS, farmer, post office Library, was born in Sussex county, N. J., June 4, 1822, a son of Peter and Margaret (Armstrong) Simmons, also natives of the same state. Peter was born Nov. 30, 1784, and died July 30, 1861. His wife was born July 29, 1782, and died March 21, 1859. Phillip’s grandfather, John Simmons, a native of Germany, died here Feb. 29, 1812, and his grandmother, Elizabeth Simmons, died Nov. 22, 1811. Phillip’s maternal grandmother was a Lynn; her brother was a congressman, who died at Washington. Phillip moved to this county in May, 1825, with his parents, who settled in Jefferson township, and shortly after moved to Upper St. Clair township, but in 1833 returned to Jefferson, which, in 1845, was cut off and named Snowden township. Here Phillip received his education at the common schools. Sept. 1, 1846, his father sold out to his children, Peter, Sarah and Phillip, and at the death of Sarah the partnership continued between Peter and Phillip until Peter’s death, Aug. 13, 1886, the partnership only lacking seventeen days of a forty years’ existence. Mr. Simmons married, Dec. 24, 1863, Jane, daughter of Elder Thomas Kiddoo, and granddaughter of Rev. William Woods, second pastor of Bethel Church. She was born in Jefferson township, May 14, 1825. Her mother was Jane Woods, born Sept. 2, 1798. Three sons and one daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. Simmons: Kiddoo P., now at Washington and Jefferson College, and will graduate in the class of 1889; Sarah Jane, William P. and Orlando C., at home. Mr. Simmons is a republican, and a member of the school board. He was justice of the peace in 1870, but refused to serve longer. Mrs. Simmons is a member of Bethel Church.

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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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