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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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D. H. Allen, M. D., one of the prominent practitioners of Aurora Springs, and the son of Samuel and Ruth (Hammer) Allen, was born in Moniteau County, October 2, 1843. The parents were natives of Tennessee and Kentucky respectively, and came to Missouri about 1842. The father was a farmer but followed the profession of teaching, and was perhaps a teacher of longer date than anyone else, having taught 100 district terms. The father was living on a farm one half mile west of where Eldon now stands, the highest point in Miller County. On the night of August 20, 1844, the house was struck by lightning and Mrs. Allen killed. The father afterward married Miss Elizabeth Ann Athey and soon after removed to Mt. Pleasant, but six years later they returned to their former residence; he resided for two years at Glaze City, where he was principal of the college at that place. He then returned to his old home and continued teaching until his death, May 1, 1887. Dr. Allen lived at home, attended school and assisted on the farm until seventeen years of age; then at the beginning of the war he enlisted at Tuscumbia. He served wholly in the State of Missouri, and was later discharged for disability. In 1862 he went to Lebanon, Mo., studied medicine with his brother William V. for about two years, and then clerked for a short time in a drug store. Later he went to St. Louis, entered the St. Louis Medical College, and in 1866 went to Lawrence County, where he remained four years. During his residence at Marionville, Lawrence County, he married Miss Sarah E. Ladd, of Springfield, Mo., and afterward removed to Van Buren, Ark. He remained there one year, and in the fall of 1870 he returned to Mt. Pleasant, Miller Co., Mo., where he continued to reside until the fall of 1878. He then resided in Benton County for two years, then sold his farm and moved to Cole Camp, where he also remained two years, and then moved to Aurora Springs. In the fall of 1888 he made a trip to California. He is somewhat active in politics and was elected coroner of the county in 1885. Dr. Allen is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge and a member of the G. A. R., Samuel McClure Post, No. 145. To his marriage were born nine children—Mattie Ruth (deceased), Samuel Gibson (deceased), an infant son (deceased), William E., Cora B., Homer J., Victor Boeschen, Arthur Harbert, and a daughter named John A. Logan.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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