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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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THOMAS J. ALLEN, a prominent physician and surgeon of Adyeville, is a native of Lawrence County, Ind., where he was born May 29, 1848, being the fifth child in a family of nine, all living: James M., William H., Andrew J., Elizabeth J. (who married Jacob Speer), Thomas J., Theodric, Emily C. (now Mrs. John Guthrie), Jesse and Mary J. (who married Joseph Harris), born to Jesse and Mary (Dixon) Allen, natives of Indiana and Kentucky respectively. They were married in Kentucky and soon after located in Lawrence County, where they reared their family, and the mother now resides. The father died while in the service of his country at Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1863. The parents were members of the Christian Church, and excellent people. Our subject was reared by his parents and received a fair education. After his majority he made teaching a business for three years, after which he commenced to read medicine with his brother, Dr. W. H. Allen, and with Dr. Smith, of Leesville, Ind. He took his medical course at the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati, Ohio. He located in the practice of medicine at Waymansville, Bartholomew Co., Ind., where he practiced two years. After this he moved to Butler County, Kan., where he remained two years and then returned to Dubois County, where he remained three years, and in March, 1884, located permanently at Adyeville, Perry County, where he has bought property and enjoys a lucrative practice. He was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca A., daughter of George W. and Sarah A. (McFall) Scroggan, of Lawrence County, Ind., February 25, 1872, and to this union two children have been born: George Julian and Samuel Edgar. Mrs. Rebecca A. Allen was born January 4, 1850. The Doctor is a Democrat in politics and a useful citizen.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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