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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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SAMUEL BRIGGS, McKeesport, brickmason and inspector threading department Duquesne Tube-works, is a native of Staffordshire, near Birmingham, England, where he was reared and educated, and learned the brickmason’s trade. In the spring of 1871 he came to America and located in Chicago, where he remained six months. He then went to Joliet, Ill., and here he laid the first brick for the furnace of the Joliet Steel works. In 1873 he came to Braddock, this county, where he resided until 1876, when he removed to McKeesport, where he has since resided and worked at his trade, off and on. He was foreman of the furnace department National Tube-works company eight years; was one of the organizers of the Duquesne Tube-works company in 1887, of which he is director and also inspector of the threading department. He is a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, of which he was vestryman several years; is a F. & A. M., a member of the K. of H., of which he was trustee six years, and St. George’s society, of which he was treasurer six years; he 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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