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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 SIMCOX, boiler-plate roller, McKeesport, is a native of Walheath, Staffordshire, England, where he was reared and educated, and served an apprenticeship of seven years at his trade. In March, 1870, he came to America to work for Nathaniel Rollins, of Philadelphia, who paid all his traveling expenses, and gave him fifteen dollars per day for three years’ service. During that time Mr. Simcox operated and had charge of his own invention of octicun and exicon steel. From 1875 to 1877 he was night superintendent of the Bethlehem Steel-works, at Bethlehem, Pa., and in the fall of 1877 he went to Peru, S. A., to superintend the erection of a large sugar-mill. Returning to Pennsylvania in the fall of 1878, he worked in the hoop department of the Bethlehem Rolling-mill one year, and in the fall of 1879 came to McKeesport, where for six months he had charge of the roll-turning in the National Rolling-mill. Since the spring of 1880 he has had charge of the boiler-plate-rolling department of the above mill. Mr. Simcox has large interests in blooded horses and cattle, the former of which are registered in the English and American studbooks, and the latter in the American herdbook. He owns a fine stock-farm of 4,518 acres in Maryland.

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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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