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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia 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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D. E. Allen is a well-known physician of Columbia County, Ark., but is also engaged in the mercantile business at Magnolia, being no less successful in his business operations than he is in following his profession. He is a native Louisianian, his birth occurring in Monroe in 1839, and he is the second of a family of four children born to the union of D. E. and Caroline (Goulette) J Allen, natives of Mississippi and France, respectively. The former was a planter by occupation, and died in 1851, his wife passing from life in Louisiana, in 1847. D. E. Allen, their son, was cared for by an uncle in Louisiana, after their death, and his education was received in the common schools of his native county. He became a clerk in a drug store in early life, and while discharging his duties he at odd times pursued the study of medicine. He acquired such a thorough knowledge of this business, and became so proficient, that during the war his services were employed in the hospital at Chattanooga, Tenn., having joined the Confederate army, in 1861, being a member of Company K, Ninth Arkansas Infantry Regiment, commanded by John M. Bradley. He was paroled at Greensboro, N. C., May 8, 1865, at the close of the war, and immediately after came to Columbia County, Ark., and began practicing his profession, continuing with the best of success until 1884, when he began giving a considerable amount of his time to merchandising. January 1, 1888, he opened a drug establishment in Magnolia, but is also engaged in planting, having about 100 acres of his land under cultivation, besides a considerable amount of wild land and some valuable real estate in Magnolia, all of which he has earned since the war. He was married on December 31, 1868, to Miss Flora C. Powell, of Columbia County, a daughter of Luther and Martha A. (Black) Powell, pioneer citizens of this county, Mrs. Allen being only two years of age when brought by her parents to this State. Mr. Allen has retired from the practice of his profession, having served the public long and faithfully, and throughout this section he is well known and highly honored for he is industrious, honorable and kind and generous hearted. His wife has long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and her union with Mr. Allen has resulted in the birth of six children: Lizzie, Kate, Robert, Mattie, Sue and Delia.

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This family biography is one of 106 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Columbia County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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