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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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SYLVESTER C. RITCHEY merchant, Sewickley. Abraham Ritchey, the great-grandfather of Sylvester C., and a native of Germany, came to America, settling in Allegheny county, in an early day, and died here, aged one hundred and seven years. He participated in the revolutionary war. His son, William Ritchey, who was born east of the mountains, came to this county and joined Gen. Anthony Wayne in his campaign against the Indians, camping at Logstown. He was married to Mary, a daughter of Col. A. Greg Pinkerton, of revolutionary fame, who died aged one hundred and five years. William Ritchey and wife farmed in this county, and died aged ninety-two and ninety-eight years respectively. Her brother John attained the age of one hundred and three years. Mr. and Mrs. William Ritchey were the parents of twelve children, all of whom attained maturity except one.

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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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