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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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DAVID MACFERRON, treasurer of the city of Allegheny, was born Nov. 7, 1817, in Pittsburgh. His parents came to this part of Pennsylvania about the commencement of the present century, and from the day on which the solemn league and covenant was signed his ancestors have been, without a break in the line, Covenanters. His education was obtained by occasional attendance at such schools as existed during his boyhood. In politics Mr. Macferron was originally a whig. He was at the birth of the republican party in Lafayette hall, Pittsburgh, and has ever since been a republican; his first presidential vote, in 1840, was for Gen. W. H. Harrison, and his last (1888) for his grandson, Gen. B. Harrison. In January, 1854, he was elected clerk of the select council of the city of Allegheny, which office he held for fifteen years. In January, 1858, he was elected treasurer of Allegheny City, and he still holds the office; he was for seven years secretary of the board of school controllers. September 17, 1839, he was married to Mary Eleanor Campbell, and their children are Martha, Robert, Christiana, Mary, Eleanor and William.

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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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