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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 KEOWN, hotel-keeper, post office Perrysville, was born Feb. 18, 1840, in Allegheny City, a son of John and Susan (Good) Keown. John was born in Ireland in 1800, and died in 1870. He came to America at the age of nineteen years, was a brick manufacturer, and became quite a distinguished man in his day; was the first councilman in Allegheny City, and also held offices on the educational board. He owned a great deal of property in the Fourth ward, and was one of the early citizens there. He removed to Ross township in 1857, and kept the old Buck tavern, formerly conducted by the maternal grandfather of our subject, Mr. Good. The tavern was destroyed by fire Sept. 10, 1856, and rebuilt by John Keown. The hotel is probably the oldest in this county. He was postmaster during Buchanan’s administration. John Keown married Susan E., daughter of Balthazar Good, and she died in 1876, aged seventy-one years, the mother of seven children: Margaret J., John, William, Susan M., Eleanor, Elizabeth A. and Thomas F. D. (deceased). The subject of these lines has succeeded to the proprietorship of the hotel, and has been the postmaster under Cleveland’s administration. He is a democrat, as was his father before him, and has filled several township offices.

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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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