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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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GEORGE A. CHALFANT, superintendent for Spang, Chalfant & Co., Etna, was born March 3, 1841, on the old homestead in Turtle Creek, a son of Henry Chalfant, a native of near Philadelphia. He was educated in this county, and attended Jefferson College, from which he graduated in 1861. He was subsequently employed as clerk in the office of Spang, Chalfant & Co., and in the course of two years was promoted to the position of superintendent and general manager of the works. He is enterprising, and has made the mills a grand success. At the time he took charge the business employed three hundred men; at present it employs eight hundred. Mr. Chalfant was the first to utilize natural gas in this county, and has used it in the factory for the past thirteen years. He married Margaret, daughter of George Bell, a well-known resident of Pittsburgh, and has four children. Politically Mr. Chalfant has always been identified with the republican party.

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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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