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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 T. ARMSTRONG, hotel-keeper, McKee’s Rocks, was born in the north of Ireland, in 1840, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. He came to this country in 1860 but his parents remained in Ireland, where his father still resides, aged seventy-six years and where his mother died in 1887, at the age of seventy-four years. They had eleven children. The living are Andrew, Mary A., Elizabeth, Jane, Catharine (the only one in this county except William T.) and Sarah. Andrew, Mary A. and Elizabeth are in Australia. Mr. Armstrong spent his first three years in this country in the state of New York, working on a farm, though he was a miller by trade; he then came to Pittsburgh, and was employed in the glassworks until his health failed. He possessed a good deal of inventive genius, and was the patentee of some very valuable devices for the construction of glass-furnaces. He still has an interest in the glass business. In consequence of failing health, in 1883 he came to McKee’s Rocks and engaged in the restaurant and saloon business, which he is still prosecuting. In December, 1886, while out hunting, he was accidentally wounded in the arm, which had to be amputated just below the elbow. He was married, in 1871, to Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth Crozier, of Allegheny, and their children are Annie E. John (deceased), Andrew, Sarah, William J. and Robert. Mr. Armstrong is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the I. O. O. F. Mr. Armstrong owns a good hotel property at McKee’s Rocks, and is keeping hotel there.

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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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