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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman 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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ALFRED BARRALL, M. D. This well known and skillful physician and surgeon of Weaversville is a native of this county, and was born March 22, 1854. His parents were William and Elizabeth Barrall, also natives of this county, and born in Moore Township. The family in this country is an old and prominent one, the first representatives being two brothers who came from the eastern part of France during the last century, one settling in Berks County, and the other, from whom our subject is descended, locating in Northampton County.

The original of this sketch carried on his primary studies in the public schools of his native county, after which he attended the normal at Millersville. The two succeeding years he taught school in Moore Township, and then, deciding to follow a professional career, began reading medicine under the instruction of Dr. Cornelius Bartholomew, of Shoenersville. He remained in his office for four years and then, in 1879, entered the Jefferson Medical College, from which he was graduated with the Class of ‘82.

The following year Dr. Barrall located in Weaversville, where he soon built up a lucrative practice and where he has since resided. He is one of the leading physicians in the place and ranks high among his medical brethren. He was married to Miss Susan, daughter of James Seip, a resident of Moore Township, this county. To them has been granted a daughter, Cora A., a very accomplished young lady and a graduate of the State Normal at Kutztown.

In politics the Doctor is an ardent Democrat. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Malta at Bath, and is Past Commander in Cornmandery No. 60. He is likewise connected with the Knights of the Golden Eagle at Bath, Castle No. 200, and also with the Junior Order of American Mechanics, No. 757, at Seemsville. He belongs to the Lutheran Church, in whose prosperity he has been a most important factor. He ranks among the wealthy and influential citizens of the county, and is surrounded by all the comforts of life, proving the truth of the old assertion that “industry will win in the race for fortune and position.” The Doctor is also a stockholder in the National Bank at Catasauqua, an old and reliable institution.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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