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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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WILLIAM KING ARMSTRONG, farmer, post-office New Texas, was born in Plum township, in 1828, a son of Thomas and Nancy (King) Armstrong. Thomas was born in 1796; was one of the first in Plum township to support religion and temperance; was a strong abolitionist, and was for many years elder in the Presbyterian Church; he died at the age of seventy-six years; his wife died in 1840, aged thirty-six years. Seven children were born to them: William K., Elizabeth, John, Robert, Nancy, James and Newton (deceased when aged nineteen years). Of these William K. received his schooling here and in Summit county, Ohio, and at twenty-eight years of age started for himself on a rented farm. In 1862 he bought his present farm at orphans’ court sale, and has placed it in fine condition. He married, in 1858, Susan Alter, a daughter of Jacob and Jane Alter, natives of Plum township. They died, the father in 1883, aged eighty-two years, the mother in 1880, aged seventy-seven. Eight children, five of whom are living, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong: Emma (Mrs. Harry Reiter, residing at East End), Jennie; Newton, a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, class of 1888, is preparing for the Presbyterian ministry; Samuel, now a student at Duff’s Mercantile College, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Lucinda, at home; Hugh died when aged fourteen years, Allen at the age of two years, and one died in infancy. The family are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Armstrong was a republican, but is now a prohibitionist. His grandfather, James Armstrong, was of Scotch-Irish descent, and his maternal grandfather, Robert King, was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and died in 1849, aged eighty years; his wife was Nancy Davidson.

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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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