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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 NEEL (deceased) was born in 1827, a son of Archibald and Mary Neel. His early boyhood was spent on the farm, and later he became a practical agriculturist. He owned a farm of one hundred acres in Mifflin township, in which he developed the coal, and also operated the McElhaney & Smith coal mines. As a coal-producer he was well known and esteemed by miners and river-men, his fair and just dealings winning him many friends. He was an active member of the McKeesport Presbyterian Church, and politically was always identified with the republican party. He married, in Somerset county, Pa., Nancy, born June 4, 1838, a daughter of John and Sarah (Keefer) Woy, and this marriage was blessed with four children: James E., Irene, Cora M. and Nora. Mr. Neel departed this life March 18, 1880, aged fifty-three years.

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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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