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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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JOSEPH MUSGRAVE, farmer, post office Shoustown, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, Dec. 21, 1827, a son of Joseph and Mary (Hall) Musgrave, also natives of County Tyrone. They were Episcopalians, and descendants of Scotch people who in an early day immigrated to Ireland. They had a family of six sons and two daughters, viz.: John, a coal-merchant in Pittsburgh; Joseph; Robert, a tinner, with store at Pittsburgh; Samuel, in real-estate business in the same city; Simpson, in Chicago, Ill.; Jennie and Maria, unmarried, and residing together in Pittsburgh, and William (deceased). The father died in the winter of 1851. The subject of our sketch was raised on his father’s farm and attended school until the spring of 1843, when his parents came to Pittsburgh, Pa. He clerked for Lewis, Dalzell & Co., iron-manufacturers, Pittsburgh, until the spring of 1852, when he was seized with the gold fever, and went to California, via the isthmus, and remained eight years, engaged in mining and prospecting. In 1860 he returned to Pittsburgh, remained a short time and then revisited Ireland, where he married, June 24, 1860, Mary A. Simpson, who was born in County Tyrone, a daughter of John Simpson, a farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrave came to Pittsburgh in the fall, and in the spring following, 1861, he purchased his present farm, where he has since resided. He and his wife have eight children: Jennie, Maria, James, Lizzie, William, Josephine, Ella and John, all at home. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrave are members of the Presbyterian 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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