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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 T. SHANNON, dry-goods merchant, Sewickley, is a son of Robert and Essie Shannon, born in County Down, Ireland. The family is a very old one in Ireland, having come from Scotland at the time of the Normans. William T. was educated in his native home, came to America in 1843, at the age of sixteen years, clerked in New Castle, Pa., till 1847, and then located in Pittsburgh. He clerked for Thomas White & Brothers, was next with Charles Arbuthnot for thirty-five years, five years as clerk and thirty years as partner, engaged in wholesale notions and dry goods. In 1882, after a successful career, they dissolved partnership, and his son Robert was taken into the business, the firm being now W. T. Shannon & Son. Mr. Shannon resided in Pittsburgh till 1873, when he removed to Edgeworth, where he now resides. He has all his life been a sober, earnest, industrious man.

Dr. S. F. SHANNON. Another son of Mr. Shannon is Dr. S. F. Shannon, who read medicine with Dr. Burger, of Pittsburgh, and graduated at the Hahnemann Medical College, in Philadelphia, in the class of 1879. The following year he went abroad, where he pursued his studies in the best European hospitals. He is now located in Sewickley, where he has built up a fine practice.

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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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