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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 ORR, farmer, post office Upper St. Clair, was born in Allegheny county in 1826. His father, William Orr, came to America from County Antrim, Ireland, in 1819, and settled in Westmoreland county, where he remained a short time; then moved to Upper St. Clair township, this county, where he remained many years: then moved to Lee county, Iowa, and there he died. He was always a farmer. He married Isabella Wallace, also a native of Ireland, and by her had six children, three of whom are now living. Our subject was born and reared in Upper St. Clair township, has followed farming all his life, and since 1857 has resided on his present farm, which contains 130 acres. William Orr married, in 1857, Harriet Myers, and seven children were born to them, six now living: Margarette Isabella, at home; Eliza Jane, now Mrs. R. F. Means, of Summit county, Ohio; Robert Elmer, Ella Loretta, James Albert and Ida Mary, at home. William Orr is a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church; has been school director seven years; politically he is a republican.

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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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