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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Andrew J. Allen is a Georgian by birth, and is one of the most progressive, enterprising and intelligent farmers of Ashley County, Ark., of which place he has been a resident since December, 1860. He first purchased 240 acres of land, but afterward increased this amount to 1,000 acres, of which he had fifty under cultivation, and now has his original amount of land, 240 acres, with 100 acres under the plow. His birth occurred June 28, 1845, and although his advantages in youth for obtaining an education were not of the best, he was naturally intelligent, and by early contact with the world, he became an excellent reader of human nature, and was well posted on all general topics, so that when starting out in life for himself as a farmer in 1868, he was better equipped than the majority of boys. In the fall of 1862 he entered the army, becoming a member of Burck’s company, of Mounted Infantry, Price’s battalion, Fagan’s brigade, and the first action in which he took part was at Jefferson City, Mo., while with Price on his raid. During this campaign he was in forty-two engagements, but was never wounded or taken prisoner. His company was disbanded in Missouri, and he returned home, and again took up his farming operations, and as above seen has been successful. He has held the office of justice of the peace, is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church, of which his wife, who died April 7, 1889, was also a member. They were married in 1867, she being Miss Louisa J. Daniel, a daughter of William Daniel, a pioneer of Arkansas, having come here from the State of Alabama, dying in 1868. To Mr. and Mrs. Allen a family of ten children were born: Willie Wade, Dudley D., Zaybock Lewis and Joseph E. (deceased), and Emma E. (born in 1872), Annie E. (born in 1874), Andrew J. (born in 1876), Christopher C. (born in 1878), Mattie Lee (born in 1883), and Paul E. (born in 1884).

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