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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & 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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DAVID ALLEN, farmer, Jefferson Township, owns 176 acres of land in Sections 30 and 31. He was born in New Jersey, April 11, 1800. His parents, Jacob and Phoebe Allen, were born in New Jersey; father, June 22, 1764, died September 27, 1846; mother died February 6, 1850, aged eighty years and six months. They were married October 26, 1788, and moved to Ohio in 1800, where they lived and died on the Little Miami bottoms in Hamilton County. David moved to Indiana in 1833 and has resided upon the same section ever since. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Jackson, who was born in New York State, September 25, 1805, and their children are: Alexander, born August 3, 1822; Sarah J., born February 7, 1824, died February 3, 1853; David, born August 3, 1826; Joseph F., born August 25, 1829, died November 25, 1856; Rozetta, born May 24, 1833; Alvira, born May 9, 1835; Moses B., born July 11, 1837; Phoebe, born November 11, 1841; Georgia Ann, born March 28, 1844; Elizabeth, born September 30, 1839, died August 18, 1854; James, born December 26, 1827; George, born September 25, 1831, died June 5, 1832. Mr. Allen is an ancient I. O. O. F. He is a quiet and worthy citizen, highly respected by all his neighbors and friends. He has followed agricultural pursuits all his life and has succeeded well in his business transactions.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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