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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 PERRY OWENS, mine boss, post office Turtle Creek, is a native of Wales, born in Caernarvonshire in 1828, and when less than two years old came to America with his parents, William and Eleanor Owens. His father was a stone-mason, and, after dwelling for a time in New York and Ohio, settled in this county in 1839. He died in 1857, aged sixty-seven, and his wife in 1842, at the age of forty-eight. There were three children born to them. Catharine, the eldest, the widow of Robert Morris, resides at Homestead, and John, the youngest, died in 1857; aged twenty;-four years. William P. began work in a mine before he was ten years old, and is largely self-educated. He is now the possessor of a fine library, and is a progressive citizen. Since 1879 he has been employed by the N. Y. & C. G. C. Co., nearly all the time in his present capacity. In 1850 he married Jeannette Black, who died in 1870, leaving eight children: William, John, Isabella, Frank, Catharine, Eleanor, Sadie and Nettie, of whom are now living John, Sadie and Nettie. In 1871 Mr. Owens married Elizabeth Cramer, who bore him two children: Elizabeth, now living, and Nellie, deceased. The family is associated with the M. E. Church. Mr. Owens is a republican, with strong prohibition tendencies.

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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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