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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 M. BLACK, M. D., Boston, is a grandson of James Black, one of the early settlers of Allegheny county, who located at Crooked Run, where he still resides. Six of his children are yet living. William Black, Sr., the father of our subject, was the oldest, and was born where the grandfather now lives. He followed farming and mining, and died April 10, 1873. He was the first settler up the Youghiogheny river, and finally located in Coultersville. His wife was Hannah, daughter of James Brown, of this county, and is still living. They reared ten children: James B., M. D., of Coultersville; Jennie, wife of Alexander Thompson, of Milesville; Sarah, wife of Richard Sneddew, of Coultersville; Mary, at home; Victoria, wife of James Thomas, of Coultersville; A. L., M. D., of Pittsburgh; Caroline C. and Hannah, both registered druggists of Coultersville, and Margaret A. and our subject, who was born in 1860, at Coultersville, and educated at the public schools. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in 1884, and located at Boston, and opened a drugstore in connection with his practice. At the present time he is assistant postmaster at Boston.

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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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