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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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SAMUEL McKEEHAN, a retired merchant now residing at Newville, represents one of the oldest families in this portion of the State, and he was born at Pittsburg Nov. 9, 1843.

(I) Samuel McKeehan, the paternal grandfather for whom our subject is named, was born in Cumberland county, and married a Miss McBride.

(II) James McKeehan, one of the sons of the elder Samuel, and father of the younger Samuel, was born at Mt. Rock. Nov. 7, 1809. He spent his first quarter of a century in Cumberland county, and then removed to Pittsburg, where he engaged in a mercantile line. Next going to Baltimore, Md., he there continued in the same line, but after eight years, he made his home at Cincinnati, Ohio, removing there in 1852, and engaging actively in the mercantile trade until his death which occurred Nov. 25, 1897. He married Margaret Sharpe, who was born in Cumberland county, in 1816, and died in Baltimore, in 1848. Mr. McKeehan then married Mrs. Lucy F. Swift, of Massachusetts. By his first marriage, Mr. McKeehan had five children: Ellen, who died in Pittsburg; Samuel; Helen; Anna Bell and Louisa.

Samuel McKeehan was born at Pittsburg, as before stated, and was only nine years of age when taken to Cincinnati, and there received his primary education in the public schools of that place, after leaving school he assisted his father, then a prominent merchant, and so continued until he sold his interest, in 1896, and retired to Newville, where he now makes his home.

In 1875, Mr. McKeehan married Miss Lyda C. Craig, of Cincinnati, of which place she was a native. She was a charming lady, highly educated, and died in 1896, leaving no children. Mr. McKeehan is a member of the Elks, and is a man of means, who is highly esteemed in his community as a gentleman of high business ability, and genial, courteous manner.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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