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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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WILLIAM H. CRIDER, watchman, post office Ross, was born Aug, 13, 1840, in Jefferson county, Pa. His grandfather, Henry Crider, a native of Lancaster county, Pa., of German descent, came to Allegheny county in an early day, and settled in Ross township, where he purchased 106 acres of land. He died aged seventy-eight years. He was twice married, and his children by his first wife were John, Joseph, Sarah and Mary. His second wife, nee Rebecca McKnight, became the mother of eight children: David, Matilda, Jane, Rebecca, George, Alexander, Henry and Barbara. Of these, David, a blacksmith, married Jane Mahaffy, and their union was blessed with ten children, of whom William H. is the eldest. He learned the machinist’s trade, but is now a watchman on the P. & N. R. R. During the civil war he was in Co. B, 56th Ill. V. I.; contracted a chronic disease while in the service, and now draws a pension. He married Ella B. Smith, of Pittsburgh, and they have six children: Harry P., Matilda, Harriet M., David H., R. Hays and David. Mr. Crider is a democrat.

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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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