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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 PIERCE (deceased) was a son of John and Margaret (Scott) Pierce, of this county. John Pierce, Sr., grandfather of William, was a native of Ireland, came to this country over one hundred years ago, and settled on the farm now occupied by Mrs. William Pierce, purchasing 350 acres for twenty-three dollars. The father of William was born on this farm, reared a family of eleven children, and died in 1852. The subject of this memoir, the next to the youngest in the family, was born in 1816, on the homestead, where he always lived. Feb. 12, 1856, he was married to Hannah J. Yaw, of Ohio, and their family consists of five children, as follows: John (on the homestead), David (a physician in McKeesport), Mattie E. (Mrs. Frank G. Copeland, in Irvin, Westmoreland county), Maggie (widow of Charles Craighead, in Elizabeth borough) and Josie B. (at home). The family are members of the U. P. Church of Elizabeth. William Pierce died in 1881.

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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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