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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Crawford County, Arkansas 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.

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William M., James A. and Thomas Allen are sons of William and Elizabeth (Rose) Allen. William M. was born in Roane County, Tenn., December 8, 1846; James A., in Whiteford County, Ga., October 16, 1849, and Thomas, in Crawford County, Ark., March 16, 1854. The father was born and reared in Tennessee, and about 1847 immigrated to Georgia. He was a contractor on the L. T. V. & G. Railroad, and also engaged in farming. He came to Crawford County, Ark., in 1853. The mother is a native of Roane County, Tenn., and is related to the Tipton family. Of her five children four are living, our three subjects and Jessie F. John A. is deceased. The paternal grandparents were early settlers of Tennessee. Mr. William Allen died in this county in June, 1856, aged thirty-five, but the mother is still living and makes her home with her children. She is sixty-two years old. William M. received a common-school education during his childhood, and at the age of sixteen the main support of his mother and the children fell upon him. March 24, 1872, he married Sarah J. Carlisle, daughter of Alexander Carlisle. This union has been blessed with seven children: Mary A., Julia W., Ollie J., Jessie W., Emma M., John H. and James Thomas (deceased). Mr. Allen enlisted in Brook’s brigade, Confederate States army, in 1864, was taken prisoner at Clear Creek, and sent to Little Rock, where he was kept a prisoner until 1865. He then returned to Van Buren, where he farmed. In 1876 he engaged in milling, and in 1884 removed to the mill he now has in partnership with his two brothers. He is a Democrat, a close communion Baptist, and a member of the Agricultural Wheel. Thomas B. Allen was married December 27, 1887, to Florence Jackson, daughter of B. H. and Elizabeth Jackson, and is engaged in the above named mill. James A. is unmarried, and politically is a strong Democrat. The mill which Allen Bros. own was erected in 1870 by Wiley Bronson, and is a large three-story building, having cotton-gins, carding machines and a hominy and flour mill. Allen Bros. also own 160 acres, seventy being cultivated.

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This family biography is one of 222 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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