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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 O’BRYON insurance agent, McKeesport, was born in Garrett county, Md., March 26, 1853, of Irish and German descent. At the age of ten he was thrown on his own resources, and became an errand-boy in a store in his native state. At the age of twelve he came to McKeesport, and engaged as a scrap-pounder in an iron-mill, at twenty-five cents per day. In 1867 he entered the store of J. P. Learn & Co., in a subordinate capacity. In 1869 he became a salesman in this, store, and remained until 1871, when he began business as a merchant on his own account. In 1874 he left the mercantile business and became an insurance agent in McKeesport. In 1876 he became the general manager, in Pittsburgh, of an eastern life and accident-insurance company, which position he still occupies. Mr. O’Bryon married, June 22, 1870, Minnie Van Kirk, of McKeesport, and they have had five children, of whom four are living.

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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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