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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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Hon. Hogan Allen, planter, Berea, Ark. One of the brushbreakers or pioneer preachers of Ashley County, Ark., whose name appears above, has borne an influential part in promoting the various interests of the county. He was originally from Anson County, N. C., his birth occurring January 20, 1829. His early educational advantages were very limited, but by earnest endeavors at home he so qualified himself as to make, in his sermons and other public addresses, but few grammatical mistakes. On March 8, 1849, he was wedded to Miss Frances E. Rushing, and the fruits of this union were thirteen children: Louisiana H., Arabella M., Emaline J., William S., Dudley D., Ann (deceased), Penelope, Martha F., Elizabeth, Julia P., Young H., Collen and Ruth. All these children but two are living, and nine reside in the State. Mr. Allen has been a planter all his life and is now the owner of 300 acres of land and has fifty acres under cultivation. He is a Council Mason, and is a man of sound practical judgment. His intelligence and superior natural ability became recognized by the numerous friends whom he had gathered around him, and he was elected to represent his county in the Legislature four terms, and he is now State Senator elect from the Seventeenth Senatorial District of Arkansas, composed of Drew and Ashley Counties. He and wife are prominent members of the Baptist Church, and he has been an ordained minister in the same for nearly thirty years. He emigrated from North Carolina to Arkansas in 1851, settled in Drew County, near Lacey, and remained there until 1860, when he emigrated to Ashley County, locating in Bearhouse Township, where he now resides. The parents of our subject, William and Margaret H. (Benton) Allen, were natives of North Carolina, the father born in 1796 and the mother in 1807. They had seven children: Fulton, Hampton, Sarah, Penelope, Ann, Margaret H., and all these are deceased except Hogan and Margaret. The latter resides in North Carolina and is the widow of D. B. Readfearn. The mother died in 1832 and the father afterward married Miss Nancy Tanner, who bore him two children: Josiah and one who died in infancy. The mother of these children received her final summons in 1836, and Mr. Allen took for his third wife Miss Nancy Russell, whom he married in 1837. They became the parents of seven children: Vernon, William, Robert, Catherine, Collen, Rosa and James, the last two of these died in infancy. The father’s death occurred in 1878. He held the office of associate county judge of Anson County, N. C., for several years, and was thoroughly acquainted with the affairs of the county. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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