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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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JOSEPH F. D. KEATING, hotel proprietor, post office West View, was born Sept. 12, 1832. His father, Hugh Keating, was a native of Queen’s county, Ireland, came to Pittsburgh in 1817, and was proprietor of a number of drays, teaming being his principal business. He was twice married, Mrs. Hester Griffith being the only surviving child by his first marriage. His second wife was Mary, daughter of Jacob Snyder, who came here in 1816. She was a native of Switzerland, and the mother of ten children, six of whom reached maturity: Joseph F. D., Barbara M., Anthony F., Jacob A., Thomas F. and Katherine E. Joseph F. D. was educated in Pittsburgh. He followed the Ohio river as pilot for many years, and was a well-known character among river men. Afterward he went into the hotel business at Glenwood, and was owner of the omnibus line running between there and Pittsburgh. From 1861 to 1867 he kept the “White House” at Perrysville, and since then has been proprietor of the “Keating House,” which is famous from the gulf to the lakes for its spring chickens, waffles, and good accommodations, and is a pleasure resort for the better class of old Pittsburghers. Mr. Keating married Theresa Kinn, a native of Switzerland, and four daughters blessed their union. The elder two, Mary M. and Mrs. Theresa M. Kramer, are deceased; Josephine F. and Mrs. Agnes V. Duffy still brighten the family circle.

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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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