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Anne and Roy Topley

( in their home in Duquesne PA
circa 1935)


The Wilkinson-Topley family has its roots in Great Britain, Ireland and probably Germany, but once our ancestors reached America they made Allegheny County, Pennsylvania their home. John Wilkinson was born in England and came to live and work in Mifflin Township before 1860. He was a coal miner, as was Richard Topley of Ireland who worked in the Greensburg mines and lived in McKeesport. Our family helped mine the coal and pour the steel that made Allegheny County the heart of industrial America. We had our share of farmers and schoolteachers, too. I've tried to capture both a factual record of their lives and a sense of what it was like to live and work in the places our ancestors called home.

What's New

    As of August 14, 2005:

Checking in - I haven't updated these pages in quite a while, but I am trying to get some new info into them now. The biggest news right now is in the Natcher line - I finally made some connections and have traced them back to the Knorzer family of Germany. And I've heard from a number of cousins with other updates. Look for more here soon.

Family Tree - Start Here to View the Wilkinson-Topley Family Genealogy*


Ireland Journal - check out our trip to Ireland in October 2000

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*I have removed all personal information except names from pages with living relatives unless permission has been given to include further data. If you find yourself in this family tree and want to have more complete data displayed, please contact me. I'll be happy to include your birth date, place of birth, email address, shoe size, link to your web page, life history, grade school nickname, prom date, arrest record and cholesterol level. If you want to disavow all knowledge of this family and risk being disinherited by the ever-elusive obscenely rich branch of the family, I'll reluctantly remove your name if you let me know.

Updated on Sunday, 14-Aug-2005 20:19:06 MDT