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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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WILLIAM B. NEEL, carpenter, McKeesport, was born in Mifflin township, this county, Jan. 26, 1832, son of Samuel C. and Mary (Smiley) Neel. John Neel, his paternal grandfather, was a native of Ireland, and among the pioneers of Mifflin township, where he cleared and improved a farm, on which he lived and died. His children were John, Archibald, Thomas, William, Samuel C. and Tabitha (Mrs. Robert McElhaney). The maternal grandfather of our subject was a pioneer of what is now Allegheny City. Samuel C. Neel was a farmer, and lived in Mifflin township. His children were John, Thomas, William B., Samuel C., George W., Joseph, George and Dorcas. William B. was reared and educated in Mifflin township, and served an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade, which he followed in Mifflin township in connection with farming until 1860, when he located in McKeesport, where he has worked at his trade ever since. In 1860 he married Nancy, daughter of Henry and Mary Robinson, Westmoreland county, Pa., and has four children: William, James F., Charles and Mary.

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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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