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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. HAMILTON (deceased) was born in Pittsburgh in 1834, the son of Samuel and Esther (Morrow) Hamilton, who came to Pittsburgh in 1812 from County Down, Ireland. His father was born in 1806 and his mother in 1810, and they died at the ages of seventy-six and seventy-two years, respectively. Samuel Hamilton was a stone-contractor here in the early days, and one of the most prominent at that time. He was a member of the Associate Reformed Church, and later of the United Presbyterian, and in politics was a supporter of the whig and republican parties. William H. was educated at the Pittsburgh common schools and the Western University, and began life as a glass blower. In 1863 he established the glass works which are still operated under style of W. H. Hamilton & Co. He was very successful in the management of these works, and built up a good business. In 1870 he married Ellen J., daughter of Elias and Susanna (Wallace) Radcliffe, of Pittsburgh, who were members of the U. P. Church. Three children have blessed this union, viz.: Francis Albert, Emma and Elmer Wallace. Mr. Hamilton moved to Bellevue in 1873, where he erected a home. He and Mrs. Hamilton were members of the U. P. Church, of which he was an elder for about thirty years.

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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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