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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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REV. WILLIAM ALOYSIUS CUNNINGHAM, post office Turtle Creek, was born in Allegheny City, Pa., Aug. 1, 1856, a son of Christopher and Sarah Cunningham, of Ireland. Up to twelve years of age he attended the Sisters’ school in his native city, then the public schools nearly two years, and after three years in St. Michael’s school, Pittsburgh, entered Mount St. Mary’s College at Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained from there by Bishop Tuigg, May 6, 1882. During the next two years he was engaged as assistant rector of St. John’s congregation, on the South Side, Pittsburgh, and in 1884 was established as rector of St. Colman’s Roman Catholic Church at Turtle Creek village, which congregation is thriving under his charge. Rev. Mr. Cunningham is one of the editors of the Catholic, published in Pittsburgh, and gives promise of much usefulness in the church.

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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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