My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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.

* * * *

Rev. William R. Allen, a minister of the Christian Church, and also a tiller of the soil, resides about one mile from Cane Hill, and was born in Jackson County, Tenn., in 1827, his parents, Josiah and Sarah (Dale) Allen, being also natives of Tennessee, the former’s birth occurring in 1800. He was of Irish-German descent, a farmer by occupation, and died in Tennessee in 1846, being a devout member of the Christian Church. His father, William Allen, also died in Tennessee. Sarah (Dale) Allen died about 1872. William R. Allen attended the common schools, and remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, then began fighting his own way in the world. In 1851 he married Miss Martha Roberts, who was born in Jackson County, Tenn., in 1829, and died in Cedar County, Mo., in 1885, leaving, besides her husband, the following children to mourn her loss: John, Lusetta, wife of I. J. Martin; Delia, and William. James, Tennessee, Sarah and Loretta are deceased. While still single, Mr. Allen went to Illinois, and worked by the month on a farm for two years, then returned to his native State, married, and in 1851 came to Cedar County, Mo. During the war he made his home in the South, and at the cessation of hostilities he returned to Tennessee, and was there ordained a minister of the Christian Church by Rev. Sewell, returning soon after to Cedar County, Mo. He has been engaged in expounding the gospel ever since, and has done much to further the cause of Christianity, as he endeavors to practice what he preaches, and to follow the teachings of the Golden Rule. He is a Democrat, and voted first for Buchanan for the presidency. He owns a good farm of 315 acres, about 160 being under cultivation.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 92 biographies included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cedar County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

View additional Cedar County, Missouri family biographies: Cedar County, Missouri Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.