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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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PHILIP GOEDDEL, farmer, post office Castle Shannon, was born April 4, 1823, in Quernbach, Rhein Phaltz, Bavaria, Germany, a son of Thebald and Elizabeth (Drum) Goeddel, both of whom died in Germany. Philip came to America in 1846, and, after working four years in this county, re-visited his native land, returning to America in the following year. He married Elizabeth Drum, a native of the same village in Germany, and an old schoolmate of his. They had six children, four of whom are yet living: Caroline, wife of Fred Sanders; Charles, who is married to Catharine Abbott; Matilda, wife of Gotlieb Kinnly, and Henry. Mr. Goeddel has been a successful farmer, and built the Castle Shannon hotel and also a store. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and A. F. & A. M., and 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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