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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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WESLEY C. SOLES, real-estate broker, McKeesport, was born in that city March 30, 1848, a son of Lewis and Catherine (Caven) Soles. His paternal grandparents were George and Margaret (Ritchie) Soles, the former a son of Jacob Soles, a pioneer of McKeesport. Lewis Soles was a native of McKeesport, a carpenter by trade, which he followed all his life, and died in 1878, aged sixty-four years. His wife, Catherine (Caven), was a daughter of Benjamin and Fanny (Wilson), of Irish descent, who were among the early settlers of this county. Lewis was the father of eleven children, eight of whom survive: Margaret (Mrs. Thomas Mulholland), Martha (Mrs. Andrew Hunter), George, Eveline (Mrs. Wilton Miller), Mary A. (Mrs. William Stewart), Wesley C., Edwin and Howard. Wesley C. was reared in McKeesport, and educated in the public schools. He learned the trade of house carpenter, and later became a contractor, a calling that gave him every opportunity to acquire a full knowledge of land, houses, buildings of all kinds, and fitted him for the real-estate business, which has had his time and attention for many years, and which he still carries on. He has been twice married; first to Jennie Miller, and second to Emma, daughter of Thomas and Cynthia (McGraw) Smith, by whom he has three children: Frank, Evaline and Scott A. For three years Mr. Soles was a member of McKeesport’s city council, and was one of the committee on water-works construction. He is a director of the Bank of McKeesport, and of three building and loan associations. He is a member of the F. &A. M.; politically 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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