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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 SHANNON, merchant, Boston was born in Tennessee in 1843. At the age of fourteen he left his native place and engaged as cook on the boats on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, following that business for sixteen years. In 1872 he came to Boston and engaged in mining and also trading on the rivers between Pittsburgh and Monongahela City, having the only boat of its kind on the river since 1860. In 1879 he commenced mercantile business, which he now conducts. Mr. Shannon has been largely identified with the growth and development of his town, having built many of the houses and the gristmill now operated in connection with his store. He married Miss Amanda Reynolds, of West Virginia, and they have two children, Anson and Delcina. Mr. Shannon has been postmaster, is a member of Lone Star Lodge, No. 727, also of A. O. M. C., No. 87, and K. of L., 175. He is a member of the M. E. Church.

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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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