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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 1883.  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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CHARLES C. ALLEN, ex United States marshal, was appointed to the honor and responsibility of this position by President R. B. Hayes, in November, 1877, and again re-appointed in March, 1882, by President Chester A. Arthur. Owing to ill-health Mr. Allen was led to resign, recommending his deputy, J. H. McGee as his successor, who received the appointment. For a number of years Mr. Allen has been constantly and laboriously engaged in public life. In the campaign of 1876 he was the nominee on the Republican ticket for Lieutenant Governor. In 1870 he was elected to the state senate from the sixteenth senatorial district, and was chairman of the penitentiary committee. Mr. Charles Allen was born in August, 1882, in the State of New York, Orleans county, where his father, a lawyer by profession, lived, and died in 1835. His mother removed to Stephenson county, Illinois, after his father’s death. Our subject learned the printer’s trade when yet a minor, and started the Savannah Register, and later edited the Dixon Transcript. In 1857 he removed to Waverly, Iowa, and engaged in hardware. In 1861 he enlisted in the Third Missouri Infantry, and subsequently was commissioned captain in the Thirty-fourth Missouri, major, and staff officer to the state bureau duty, and also acted as provost marshal in St. Louis. In 1866 he came to Booneville, Missouri, and engaged in tanning, and in 1869 became a citizen of Carthage. Here he has always been largely in public enterprises. He established the first lumber yard, planing mill, and foundry of Carthage. He is at present the proprietor of the large boot and shoe house located at the southeast corner of the square. Mr. Allen was married in 1854 to Miss Harriet E. Bales, of Asbury, Illinois. Mr. Allen is somewhat broken in health by close application to business and the untiring application to public life. He is a gentleman highly respected for sterling worth and integrity among a wide circle of friends in both public and private life.

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