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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  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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CHARLES G. ALLEN is a generous and patriotic citizen of Kennedy, who understood the principles of farming sufficiently to accumulate a competency, which enabled him to cease hard work and live in comfort during that portion of his life, which is beautifully termed the zenith, or before the sunset has commenced. He is a son of Charles C. and Delilah (Trumbull) Allen, and was born in the town of Ellery, near the shore of Lake Chautauqua, on the sixteenth day of October, 1834. The Allen family descended from Scotch emigrants, although both grandparents were natives of New York. Charles C. Allen was born in Rensselaer county, this State, January 16, 1808, and, being educated as well as the country schools afforded, was taught to work on a farm. Prior to 1826 he came to the town of Ellery, this county, and worked by the month until he was enabled to buy a farm. Then he moved to Poland, where he followed farming for about twenty-five years and then went to Frewsburg, where he now lives in retirement. In business matters he was successful and is now very well-to-do. Having married Delilah Trumbull, she bore him nine children, one son and eight daughters; only three are now living: Alzina married James Webb, a farmer of Frewsburg; Evangeline is the wife of Jefferson Fenton, who conducts a farm and is in the lumber business at the same place; and Charles G. The names of those who died were Oscilla (Heath); Mary R.; Artemitia (Heath); Nettie (Fenton); and Mercy, who died when three years old. Charles C. Allen was a republican and did good service on the old school board. He was liberal-minded and generous in public matters, industrious in his private habits and gained quite a local reputation as a mathematician.

Charles G. Allen spent his boyhood and youth upon his father’s farm in Ellery, learned the science of farming and acquired a good education. When he reached his majority, a clerkship was offered him in the town of Poland, and two years subsequently he went west. When he returned, he invested in a farm in the town of Poland, which he still owns. The place contains two hundred and sixty-one acres and is well kept. Mr. Allen farmed until about seven years ago, when he moved into Kennedy and now lives here in comfort and affluence.

On the 15th of February, 1865, he united in marriage with Mary R. Randall, of Panama, New York, a daughter of M. Randall. Mr. M. Randall was a farmer of more than ordinary success and prominence and held all of the town offices within the gift of the people. Mr. and Mrs. Allen have had one child, a son, George R., now engaged in the advertising business at Buffalo, and is achieving success through his natural ability and a good education received at the public and high schools and Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York.

George R. Allen married Lois Wells, a daughter of Mr. M. Wells, of Kennedy. Charles G. Allen is a republican of recognized influence. He takes an interest in educational matters and keeps himself thoroughly posted upon current events. Himself and wife are members of the Baptist church, Mr. Allen holding the position of trustee. Mrs. Allen was educated in the schools of Panama and is intelligent and entertaining. Charles G. Allen is a good business man and has been successful throughout his business career.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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