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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  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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ALLEN, ALONZO, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 23, P.O. Roodhouse. Mr. Allen is among the more substantial farmers of Greene County; he was born here in 1837; his father, John Allen, was a native of Tennessee, who emigrated to Greene County as early as 1830, where he married Miss Martha Barrow, by whom he had seven children; four are living: Sarah, who married the late Wylie Pinkerton, and afterward married Joshua Martin; William, who married Mary Shaw; Alonzo, and Nancy. Alonzo for many years supported his widowed mother on the homestead, comprising 80 acres; this he eventually purchased from the heirs. After many years he has gathered together a valuable tract of land comprising 300 acres. In 1868 Mr. Allen was married to Mrs. Ellen Ellsworth, a daughter of Samuel McCracken, a native of Pennsylvania, as was also his wife, whose maiden name was Brouyn. The former husband of Mrs. Allen was a native of Pennsylvania. Four children blessed the marriage of Mr. Allen to Mrs. Ellsworth: John, Jessie, Albert, and Olive. Mr. Allen has always taken a deep interest in educational matters, for several terms holding the office of school director; was once judge of election. Note: Parents of Mr. Allen, on their first settlement in Madison County, Ill., found Alton a village containing but few rude dwellings.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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