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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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JOHNSTON LECKY, retired, Allegheny, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1809, son of William and Jean (Henderson) Lecky. His grandfather, Benson Lecky, came to this country at the beginning of the revolutionary war and served in the American army until peace was declared. He married Mary, daughter of Samuel Johnston (her brother was probably the first postmaster in Pittsburgh). Benson Lecky’s son, William, was born in Pittsburgh, where he resided all his life. He was a wagon-maker by trade, but for many years he took an active part in politics; he was sheriff of Allegheny county three terms. He reared a family of two sons and eight daughters, only one of whom is living, Elizabeth. William Lecky died in 1855, aged seventy-two years, his widow in 1866, aged eighty-three years. Johnston Lecky was married in 1830, to Jane, daughter of Hon. William and Mary (Davis) Cochran, and to them were born eight children: William (in oil business in Oil City), George, Eliza, Mary D., Jeanette H., Theodore J. (deceased), and two that died in infancy. Mr. Lecky was a painter by occupation. He died in California, Oct. 8, 1849, aged forty years. The Lecky family came of Presbyterian stock, and were members of their communion.

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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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