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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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W. GEORGE GIBSON, freight agent, Allegheny, was born in 1826. The paternal grandfather, a native of Scotland and a farmer, came to America and settled in Butler county, Pa., at an early day. His son, William Gibson, was born and reared on the farm. He was clerk at the courthouse in an early day, and was an excellent penman and scholar, an elder in the Presbyterian Church. He died in 1884, aged eighty-eight years. He was married to Agnes Gilcrist, by whom he had five children. Of these W. George was born and educated in Butler county. His mother dying when he was twelve years old, he left home, and came to Pittsburgh when fifteen years of age. In 1861 he entered the army, and was conduct or on the military railroad, but, leaving the war department in 1862, he went into the oil fields. Subsequently he returned to the railroad business, on the P., Ft. W. & C. R. R., and filled different positions with that company. At present he is freight-agent for the Allegheny Ft. Wayne depot.

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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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