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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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JOHN GRAHAM ARMSTRONG, merchant, Acmetonia, was born at Harmarville, Sept. 24, 1859, a son of James and Eleanor Armstrong. He attended school until thirteen years of age, and then began to work his own way in the world. During the first two years he worked on a farm, and at fifteen was employed by the Montrose Land company, for whom he worked one year. He then learned the trade of plasterer and paper hanger, and worked with his father four years. He next entered public life, and for about three years was an officer at the Allegheny county workhouse under John L. Kennedy. Oct. 5, 1885, he took the management of Armstrong Brothers’ store at Acmetonia, being one of three partners. They carry a large and general stock, and have a trade of about one thousand dollars per month. Mr. Armstrong married, Sept. 22, 1887, Mary Idea Denny, of Hite, Pa., daughter of George Denny, an early settler at that place. One child, Fanny Fern, has been born to this union. Mrs. Armstrong is a member of the M. E. Church. Mr. Armstrong is a republican, has been judge of election, also inspector; he is a Freemason.

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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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