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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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ZACHARIAH WICKHAM CARMACK, steam boat agent, Wilkinsburg, was born in St. Clair, Bedford county, Pa., September 22, 1823, and is a son of Abraham and Susannah (Wickham) Carmack, of Maryland. His grandfather, Peter Carmack, was a native of Frederick county, Md., of Scotch and Irish ancestry. Abraham Carmack, who came to Bedford county early in this century, was a blacksmith, and later followed bricklaying. Zachariah W. passed his early years there, and attended the common school. For eleven years he was associated with his father and brother in a foundry at Monongahela City, under firm name A. Carmack & Sons. In 1856 he went to Brownsville, where he engaged in the tobacco trade, and in 1859 he entered the employ of the Brownsville Packet company as chief clerk on the steamer Telegraph. He afterward became captain, and in 1877 was appointed agent of the company at Pittsburgh. In 1884 he opened a feed-store in the city. In 1885 he took up his residence at Wilkinsburg, and next year built his home on Rebecca street. In June, 1851, Mr. Carmack was married to Mary Wall, of Elizabeth township, this county, daughter of Garrett and Mary (Watson) Wall, early residents of Elizabeth, and of English and Irish extraction. Mr. Wall was justice of the peace for forty years. Anneti, the first-born of Mr. and Mrs. Carmack, died at the age of seventeen; the others are Ida May and Nora, at home; Frank Sidney, a bookkeeper in Nashville, Tenn.; Harry Edgar, employed in the Interior department, Washington, D. C. Mr. Carmack attends the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife and daughters are members. Politically he is a democrat, and at one time his father’s family included seven democratic voters.

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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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