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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, CHARLES E. Dr., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 22, P.O. Roodhouse. Dr. Allen is a native of Massachusetts, born June 23, 1827, the eighth child of Abner and Lucy Allen. The days of his youth were passed in Massachusetts where his preliminary education was received in the district schools. Having an ambition to become a scholar, he now entered the Normal school, where he became versed in the higher English studies. On perfecting himself at this institution, and having a thirst for greater knowledge, he now proceeded to that famous seat of learning, Amherst College. Becoming proficient as a scholar, he now determined to adopt the medical profession, and accordingly, becoming a resident of Chicago, he attended the Rush Medical College, where he studied all the branches, including surgery, under those eminent Professors, Drs. Brainard and Freer. Graduating from this institution in 1861, he now became a practicing physician in Chicago, remaining one year. Moving to Blue Island, his thorough course of practical study, and also thorough knowledge of the duties appertaining to his profession, soon brought him a large practice. He remained here seven years, when he moved to Murrayville, Morgan County, where he met with flattering success, remaining six years. Moving to Greene County, the doctor concluded to follow agricultural pursuits, and is engaged in this pursuit at the present writing. He was first married to Miss Marcia D. Hale, of Massachusetts, in 1859; there were born of this marriage six children, three living: Charles H., Hattie, and Bertie. Mrs. Allen died at Murrayville, in 1860. Mr. Allen was married to Mrs. Elizabeth N. Dixon, relict of Joseph Dixon, and daughter of William and Elizabeth Gould. The home farm comprises 120 acres, one of the most valuable tracts of land in Illinois, on which are situated the famous mineral springs for the cure of many diseases of a chronic nature. The springs have been analyzed by eminent chemists, and found to be extremely beneficial. We learn with surprise that this valuable property will be sold at nominal figures, as the doctor and his excellent lady do not at their time of life feel equal to the task of opening the grounds to the traveling public. An investment there by some enterprising man would prove a boon to suffering humanity, and a bonanza to its lucky owner. Here, also, are valuable coal deposits.

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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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