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Below is a family biography included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Columbus P. Allen, M. D., is a son of Robert and Sarah (Cobb) Allen, who were the parents of twelve children and were born in South Carolina in 1793 and 1800 and died in 1837 and 1838, respectively. The father served as captain in the war of 1812 and his uniform and sword are still in the possession of his descendants. He was a gunsmith by trade and after living in Georgia for some time moved to Alabama, where his death occurred. Having been left an orphan at an early day, our subject, who was born in Georgia, in July, 1834, made his home with an elder brother, with whom he remained until he was about fifteen years of age. He worked for about three years on a farm and in the meantime secured a good common school education, which he finished at LaFayette, Ala. Having a predilection for the medical profession he, in 1853, began studying with his brother R. C., with whom he remained until 1856, and then began studying medicine in the Nashville University, remaining one year. He then returned to Alabama, locating in Randolph County, where he remained one year and moved to Mississippi. In1874 he located in Hardin County, Tenn., but in 1885 came to Sharon, where he successfully practices his profession and deals in drugs. In 1862 he offered his services to the Confederacy and served in a Mississippi cavalry regiment in the capacity of surgeon. At the close of the war he returned home. He has been a life-long Democrat and belongs to the Masonic fraternity. In 1859 he married Sarah A. Wroten, daughter of Elisha Wroten of Mississippi. Of their eleven children, eight are living: Dr. William R., Amanda J. (Mrs. W. T. Moore), Dr. John P., Anna, Jane F., Charles A., Lou A. and George A. Dr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 108 biographies included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Weakley County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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