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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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PHILLIP GRALL, JR., gardener, post office Bennett, was born April 8, 1852, in Millvale, this county. His father, Phillip Grall, a native of Alsace, France (now Germany), came to America with his young wife, Barbara (Jacobs) Grall, in 1850, and worked in Millvale two years. He removed to Spring Hill, where he gardened thirteen years, and then purchased thirty-three acres of land in Shaler township, where he farmed and gardened until his death, Nov. 29, 1886; his widow survives him. They had only one son, our subject, who was educated in this county, and has followed farming and gardening successfully. He married here Maggie Thomas, a native of Alsace, Germany, and they have four sons: Phillip, Fred, George and Charles. Phillip Grall, Sr., was president of the G. L. Church for many years, and which he assisted to build. Our subject is also a member, and politically 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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