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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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T. W. SHARP, burgess of Braddock, and merchant, is a native of Allegheny City, born in 1837, a son of Thomas and Barbara (Bone) Sharp, who were the parents of four sons and five daughters, T. W. being the eldest. Thomas Sharp came from England to America when nine years of age, and in after life followed mining; he died at the age of seventy-three years. The subject of this memoir was educated at the public schools, and when ten years of age commenced assisting his father in the mines, in which work he continued until thirty-one years of age. He then, in 1869, opened a grocery business in Braddock, which he still carries on. Mr. Sharp married, in 1860, Maria, daughter of David and Rebecca Mansfield, of this county, and six children were born to them, four now living. Our subject has been school director several years, and was elected burgess in 1879 and again in 1885. He is a member of the F. & A. M. and O. U. A. M., Washington Camp, No. 203; has been for many years an elder in the Methodist Church, or which he has been treasurer fourteen years. Politically 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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