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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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ELLIOTT S. THOMAS, merchant, McKeesport, was born in Washington county, Pa., Aug. 12, 1862, a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Bebout) Thomas. He was reared in his native county, and educated at Washington and Jefferson College. In 1880 he taught school; from 1881 to 1882 he was a clerk in a large retail shoehouse in Pittsburgh, and then for two and a half years was in the employ of the wholesale boot and shoe firm of W. E. Schmertz, of Pittsburgh, as traveling salesman for the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1885 he came to McKeesport, and in partnership with Mr. John Tress, of Pittsburgh, opened a large retail shoehouse on Fifth avenue. After one year Mr. Thomas purchased his partner’s interest, has since conducted the business alone and enjoys a large and extensive trade; is also a jobber in leather and findings. He married, Nov. 10, 1887, Lulu B., daughter of C. R. Stuckslager, of this city. He is a prominent young business-man; is a member of the First M. E. Church and Jr. O. U. A. M.; also active and sustaining member of Y. M. C. A.; he is a republican.

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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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