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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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HARRY WELLESLEY ARMSTRONG, manufacturer, post office Verona, residence Oakmont, was born in 1851, in Quebec, and is the son of Edmund M. and Emma Mary (Heales) Armstrong, natives, respectively, of Sorel, Canada, and Coventry, England. When about two years old his father removed to Chicago, where he engaged in the banking business; was also in the same business at Warren and Erie, Pa., but is now leading a retired life at Oakland, Cal. His grandfather, Jesse D. Armstrong, was harbor-master at Quebec for about twenty years, and among the early pioneers of the St. Lawrence river; he died in California in 1877, aged about seventy-six years. Harry W. attended school in Chicago, Warren and Erie, Pa. He began his business life by studying telegraphy, and was about nine years at Renovo. While there he served his time as machinist, and became draftsman and assistant master mechanic of the P. R. R. shops. In 1876 he came to Verona, and became general foreman of the A. V. R. R. shops. A year and a half later he became a draftsman for the Homestead & Crescent Steel-works. In 1881 he engaged as manager of the Verona Tool-works, becoming a partner one year later. Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage, in September, 1879, to Mary F., daughter of J. W. Paul. She was born Feb. 21, 1858, in Pittsburgh. Six children have blessed this union: Jacob Paul, Harry Howard, William Metcalf, Mary Ellen, Pauline and Ruth. Mr. Armstrong is a republican, and he and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church.

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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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