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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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Wade H. Allen is a prosperous citizen of this section of the country, and was born in Franklin, Ga., on March 17, 1817, being a son of Benjamin W. Allen, a native of North Carolina, and a son of William Allen, also a resident of the Old North State. Benjamin W. Allen filled the office of justice of the peace in North Carolina for about twenty years, but afterward moved to Georgia, where he passed to his long home in 1860. The same year of his death his son, Wade H. Allen, moved to the State of Arkansas, and bought 200 acres of land, and by dint of good management and industry he became the owner of 1,000 acres, and after giving liberally of the same to his children still owns 200 acres of valuable land, sixty acres of which are in an excellent state of cultivation, and produces one-half bale of cotton to the acre. He began farming for himself in Georgia about 1836, and three years later was married, his wife being Miss Sarah Crane, by whom he became the father of five children: Nancy Adaline (born July 29, 1840), Martha J. (born February 8, 1843), (Andrew J. (born June 28, 1845), Christopher C. (born December 6, 1847), and a child that died in infancy. For five years after his marriage Mr. Allen tilled the soil, and then engaged in the hat business, a calling he successfully followed for eighteen years, at the end of which time he returned to his farm, where he still lives. He has filled the position of tax assessor for six successive years, and has also held the office of justice of the peace for four years. He is a stanch Republican in politics, a member of the A. F. & A. M., and has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years. His wife, who passed from life August 3, 1883, had long been a member of this church.

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This family biography is one of 97 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Ashley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Ashley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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