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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 WILEY MATEER, carpenter, post office Hulton, was born near Kittanning, Pa., in July, 1845, a son of Sharrod and Jane (Reed) Mateer. His father was a farmer and moved to Kittanning in 1800; his mother was born near Kittanning in 1806, and died Jan. 14, 1878. They were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Mateer received his education at Kittanning, and made his home there until he was twenty-four years of age. At the age of eighteen he learned the carpenter trade, and worked eleven years at bridge-building on the A. V. R. R. He came to Verona in 1885 and began work in the railroad shops. He was married, Aug. 12, 1869, to Maria Williams, daughter of Michael and Charlotte (Bayne) Williams, natives of Armstrong county. They have two children, Mead and Minnie, both at home. Mrs. Mateer died April 8, 1878, aged thirty-three years. Mr. Mateer was next married, June 23, 1879, to Lizzie E. Kneifcamp, of Green Oak, this county, daughter of Frederick and Caroline Kneifcamp, natives of Germany. They have one child, William Henry. They are both members of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Mateer of the I. O. O. F. and the Jr. O. U. A. M., and Carpenters’ Union. Politically he is a republican, and member of the Verona council. In 1871 his house was burned, and nearly all of his goods lost; he completed his new home on C street in 1888.

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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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