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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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HERBERT W. ALLEN is a young and enterprising manufacturer of Silver Creek, having a business which is known and patronized in all parts of the United States and is rapidly spreading over Europe, his machines being in demand by the best millers in the world. Mr. Allen is a son of Hon. Henry F. and Lucy E. (Woodbury) Allen, of Buffalo, New York, and was born in Gowanda, Cattaraugus county, New York, March 18, 1862. John F. Allen, his grandfather, was born in the State of Vermont in 1799, and was a graduate of Amherst college, Amherst, Massachusetts, class of ‘29 and considered a finely educated gentleman. He was one of the early settlers of Gowanda, this State, where his son, Hon. Henry F. and his grandson Herbert W. were born, but in his later years he removed to Buffalo, Erie county, where he died in 1885, in the eighty-sixth year of his age, honored and respected by all. Hon. Henry F. Allen (father) was born in Gowanda in 1836, in politics is a democrat, and was elected a member of the Assembly from Erie county in 1878 on the democratic ticket and afterward was a candidate for the supreme judgeship against Hon. J. S. Lambert. In 1879 he removed to Buffalo, Erie county, and formed the law firm of Allen, Movious & Wilcox, which has a large and lucrative practice, and he is also one of the commissioners of the New York State Board of Claims. He is a member of Ancient Landmarks Lodge, F. and A. M. He married Lucy E. Woodbury, who was born in Silver Creek in 1842, and by her had four children. She is a member of the Lafayette Presbyterian church in Buffalo.

Herbert W. Allen was reared in his native town of Gowanda, and graduated at the academy there in 1879. He then read law with his father at the office of his law firm in Buffalo, and was admitted to the bar in 1883, after which he practiced two years in Gowanda. In the latter part of 1885 he abandoned Blackstone and entered the office of his father in law, August Heine, in Silver Creek, this county, and engaged in the more congenial business of manufacturing. In 1888, in addition to his other duties, he commenced the manufacture of middling purifiers for flour mills and is rapidly building an extensive trade. He is a democrat in politics and is a member of one secret society, Relief Lodge, I. O. O. F.

Herbert W. Allen was married in 1882 to Mary A. Heine, a daughter of August Heine, of Silver Creek, by whom he had one son, named in honor of his father-in-law, August.

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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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