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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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D. WEB MAINS, grocer, McKeesport, was born in that city, Feb. 16, 1846, a son of William and Eliza (Brady) Mains. His paternal grandfather was Thomas Mains, whose father was a native of Ireland, and a pioneer of Elizabeth township, this county. Thomas Mains was a farmer, and in later life moved to Illinois, where he died. The maternal grandparents of our subject were Joseph and Barbara (Ream) Brady, natives of Cumberland and Lancaster counties, Pa., respectively, and were among the pioneers of Westmoreland county. The father of D. W. Mains was a native of Elizabeth township, where he was reared and educated, and learned the blacksmith’s trade. He settled in McKeesport about 1838, where, with the exception of four years, he conducted a shop until his death, July 5, 1881. In 1856 he was appointed postmaster by President Buchanan, and held that position four years. He reared a family of five children: D. Web, Flora (Mrs. Josiah Howe), E. King, William B. and Eugene F. D. Web was reared and educated in McKeesport, and learned the blacksmith’s trade in his father’s shop, which he followed five years. For a number of years he was employed in the mills of the city, and for five years was the clerk and bookkeeper for a retail coal firm in McKeesport. In 1886 he embarked in the grocery business, in which he has since been successfully engaged. In 1881 he married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Meff) Reed, of Indiana township, this county, and has five children: Minnie I., Matilda E., Charles E., Walter R. and Martha E. Mr. Mains is a member of the M. E. Church, and 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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