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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company 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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FELIX C. ALLEN, of Murray, was born in Calloway County, July 10, 1848, the second of nine children born to Matthew and Elizabeth J. (Alexander) Allen, natives respectively of Kentucky and Tennessee. The father has devoted his time to mercantile and agricultural pursuits, and has served a term of four years as jailer of Calloway County. Our subject was able to secure a good education in the schools of his time, which was augmented by home study. He worked on the farm and in his father’s store, and at twenty years of age engaged in the tobacco business as wholesale salesman, continuing in this capacity for a period of six years. Coming to Murray he opened a grocery and hardware store on a small scale; his business rapidly grew, till now he is a partner in the dry goods firm of Allen & Ryan, aside from his own extensive grocery establishment. He is a live business man, and by personal industry and business talent has made his own property. January 24, 1877, he married Miss Mary S. Sledd, of Murray. They have one child— Lura. Mr. Allen favors temperance, and is a member of the K. of H.

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This family biography is one of 31 biographies included in the Calloway County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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