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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, WILLIAM A. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 5, P.O. Rockbridge. The above named gentleman is a native of Randolph Co., Ill. where he was born June 29, 1840. Oldest son of William Allen and Martha, whose maiden name was Chestnut. William Allen the head of the family, was a native of Scotland; in 1821 he crossed the ocean. For some years he resided in Indiana, where he followed the life of a boatman and where he married the lady above mentioned, on March 29, 1838; one year later he moved to Randolph Co., where the family were residents until 1848, when a removal was made to Greene Co., where Mr. Allen died on the 4th of June, 1874, finding a last resting place in the Cemetery known as the Witt. Mrs. Allen survives her husband and is a resident of this township. William jr. was married to Miss Lessa M. Jackson, a daughter of Lemuel Jackson, an old settler of this county, in 1866. Of this marriage two children were born; William L. deceased, and Mary Ida. Mr. Allen is the owner of 160 acres of valuable land in this township, and the only office he has ever had or aspired to, is that of constable of his native place.

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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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