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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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ANDREW KELLY, P. O. Perrysville, is one of Pine township’s most successful farmers, and one of the few who started by working at monthly wages and mounted the ladder of success without the assistance of relatives. He was born March 5, 1835, at Brush creek (near New Brighton), Beaver county, Pa., and is the son of Margaret and George Kelly. His father was born in Butler county, where he received his education; after marriage he moved to the above-mentioned place in Beaver county, which was also the birthplace of his wife. They subsequently moved to Pine township, where they resided the remainder of their lives.

Andrew Kelly received a common-school education in Beaver county, and when a young man came to Pine township, where he worked for five years for farmers by the month and year. In 1857 he was married to Lena, daughter of Daniel and Catherine Fogle, of Pine township, and natives of Germany; her parents are both deceased. Six children were born to Andrew and Lena Kelly, viz.: Margaret (Mrs. Coman), Charity Ann (Mrs. Jessie Robinson), Mary Olive (Mrs. William McKinney), Sarah Jane (Mrs. Arthnat), John Nevin and Lizzie. Andrew’s wife died Jan. 15, 1876, and he was again married, March 13, 1885, to May, daughter of David and Eliza (Wilson) Crosskey, of Richland township, and natives of Ireland. Two children blessed this union — Ethel and Edna. The parents are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Kelly has been school director for several years, and is now supervisor. For eleven years after Mr. Kelly was married he lived on a rented farm by the Salem church. He then bought a part of the old Kidd farm, which, after seven years, he sold, and then purchased, for $16,000, his present farm, which had no buildings on it. The history of his advancement by fair dealings with all men, and honest toil, is well known by all his neighbors. He has erected fine buildings on his farm on the main road, and has steadily advanced to his present position. He does fine dairy work, and has many thoroughbred horses on his farm, varying in weight from 1,000 to 1,700 pounds.

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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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