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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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L. L. L. Allen. In every community and among all classes there are always some men who become leaders in whatever they undertake, whether it be of a professional, agricultural or commercial nature, and who take a deep and active interest in all matters pertaining to the public good. Such a man is Mr. Allen, who is held in the highest esteem by everyone who know him, and no history of the county, especially of that portion that refers to Peirce City, would be complete without mentioning his name. Our subject was born in Jackson, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., August 31, 1825, and is a son of Barnabas Allen. He was reared in St. Louis, and for many years was engaged in the counting-room of a large wholesale clothing house, an experience that well prepared him for his future occupation. In 1870 he came to Peirce City, Mo., and three years later established the Lawrence County Bank, becoming its president. This is one of the most reputable institutions of the kind in Southwest Missouri. Mr. Allen was married January 9, 1850, to Corrinna Potter, who was reared in St. Louis County, and their union has been blessed with three children: Charles E. (cashier of the Lawrence County Bank), Lewis L. (assistant cashier in the same institution) and Mary Isabella. Charles E. was born in St. Louis July 6, 1854, and was there reared and educated. He was married October 3, 1883, to Belle Given, who was born in the “Hoosier State,” and is a daughter of Hon. Noah M. Given.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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