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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 H. SHARPLES, grocer, McKeesport, was born in Bolton, England, and was educated at Bolton Church Institute. In early life he was a leather-dresser. He located in McKeesport in 1882, and purchased a half interest in the grocery of J. B. Shale, which reliable firm has since continued in business, under the firm name of Shale & Sharples, and is among the most prominent firms in that line of business in the city Mr. Sharples’ familiarity with every branch of the retail grocery business has secured for him the president’s chair of the McKeesport Grocers’ association, which position he has held since its organization, three years ago. He was recently elected president of the McKeesport Board of Trade.

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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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