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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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SAMUEL ALLEN. The subject of this sketch, a lineal descendent of Ethan Allen, was born in Rutland county, Vt., Oct. 10, 1839, on the farm selected and purchased by the old Revolutionary hero, Ethan Allen, from the New Hampshire Grant Company, about the year 1708. This historic farm of such famous proprietorship comprised 360 acres upon the sides of the verdant Green Mountains and along the banks of its pure running streams. It was deeded to a half-brother of Ethan Allen, Lampson Allen, and he in turn conveyed it to Samuel Allen, the great-grandfather of our subject; then his father, Lampson Allen, in turn received it, selling it some years since, when he removed to a farm near Oberlin, Ohio, about 1853, where Samuel Allen attended college from 1857 to 1861. Mr. Allen has been twice married. He was first married at Oberlin, Ohio, by Bishop McElvain, June 4, 1861, to Mary Hekock, of Illyria, Ohio, The names of the children are Lampson, Catharine, and Cherubenia, who died in April, 1867; also his first wife, in August, 1874, in Montgomery county, Mo. His second marriage was Dec. 24, 1876, to Josephine S. Waldo, of Rutland county, Vt., where she was born, in 1838, and raised. Their only child is named Mary. Mr. Allen, having been engaged in the boating business in Ohio, entered the U. S. Navy as lieutenant on the Michigan. His father had been a large packet owner on the lakes previous to his immigrating to the Southwest. He took up his home in Montgomery county, Mo., where he owned 2,000 acres of land, and later engaged in the iron business in St. Louis, as well as in Montgomery county. He died in Montgomery county, having been born in 1800, and was just 79 years old at his death. His wife was also born in the same year, and was 82 years old when she died. Mr. Samuel Allen came to Jasper county in 1882, buying section 12, in Twin Grove township, where he is carrying on a large business in baling and shipping hay to St. Louis. His intention is to break the farm up and convert it into a grass and stock farm the coming season. Jasper county is rapidly settling up with just such Eastern men of means, enterprise, and cultured intelligence, who are the leaders in the van of agriculture, the conservators of the best government, promoters of education, public institutions, and the founders of a permanent and prosperous home life and business success.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Jasper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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