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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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JAMES MELONEY, farmer, post office Imperial, was born on the farm where he now resides Dec. 8, 1848, a son of Samuel and Jane (Eaton) Meloney, natives of Findlay township, latter a daughter of George Eaton. Samuel Meloney was a son of Samuel, Sr., and Nancy (Berry) Meloney, early settlers and landowners of Findlay township, and natives, respectively, of Ireland and New Jersey. Samuel, Sr., a weaver by trade, and who was a man of means, purchased a large tract of land in Findlay township. He and his wife were Presbyterians. Samuel and Jane (Eaton) Meloney settled on the farm now owned by their son James, and there lived and died in the faith of the U. P. Church. They had nine children, two of whom are yet living: Amanda (wife of R. N. Flanegan, residing at Homestead, Allegheny county) and James. The latter has been twice married, first in August, 1869, to Mary J. Morrison, a native of Washington county, Pa., a daughter of David Morrison. She died in 1879, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and the mother of two daughters: Ora B. and Susie A. Mr. Meloney married, in November, 1881, Lou Morrison, a sister of his first wife. He owns a farm of 122 acres, and has in his possession the old deed given to his grandfather by one Charles Morgan, and which included this farm and a part of the one now owned by M. V. Hays.

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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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