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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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THOMAS ALGEO, retired, Pittsburgh, was born in that city in 1818, son of John Algeo, who was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1780, and came with his mother and nephew to America in 1808. His brother, Thomas, had previously emigrated, and was engaged in mercantile business. John was a painter by trade, and married Anna Bell, daughter of John McCayne, who was a schoolmaster in Ireland. This couple were the parents of eight children, Thomas being the only one now remaining. For thirty years John was totally blind, having lost his sight through an operation performed by inexperienced physicians. Thomas was reared in the county, and his principal pursuits in life have been of a commercial nature. He was married, in 1844, to Mary, daughter of Thomas Walker, and to them were born five sons and five daughters, nine of whom are now living. Mr. Algeo purchased his present home in 1847, where he and his wife spend their declining years happily.

John Algeo, the second eldest, was educated in the public schools of West Liberty township, and in the private school of Rev. Gray. He left school at nineteen years of age, and was employed in the iron-mills of Pittsburgh. In 1883 he and his brother engaged in the grocery trade, and by close application to business they have been very successful. He is also engaged in farming, delighting in fine-bred horses. He was married, in 1884, to Miss Laura, daughter of Phillip Hoffman. He is a member of the F. & A. M., and the I. O. O. F., and in politics is independent.

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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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