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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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WINFIELD S. NESBIT, a young lawyer residing in Tarentum and doing business in the city of Pittsburgh, is rapidly acquiring a reputation as a shrewd jurist and skillful advocate. He is a son of William Nesbit, who was born in 1816, in Pittsburgh, and who, reared to sturdy toil, served twenty-seven years as a machinist-blacksmith in one shop. In 1860 he removed to a farm some miles back of Tarentum, where he rapidly acquired great skill as a farmer, and taught even the oldest residents many useful lessons in agriculture. His knowledge of law and its application was so much above the average that he usually served as justice of the peace, and was familiarly known as “squire.” He died in 1876, and lies buried in the Tarentum cemetery. Mr. Nesbit’s ancestry is of the Scotch-Irish line, which, Americanized, has furnished many of our most progressive and influential citizens.

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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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