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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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HENRY WARE ALLEN, President of First National Bank, Troy, is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in Pembroke, that State, April 6, 1822; the family originally came from England the first quarter of the seventeenth century; Rev. Morrill Allen, the father of our subject, received a finished education, and became a minister of the Unitarian Church at the age of 22, with which denomination he labored faithfully for nearly four score years, preaching a sermon on his 90th birthday. Mr. Allen, after attending the common school near his father’s farm, finished his education by studying a short time at the Academy of Hanover and the Normal School at Bridgewater, in Massachusetts; he settled in Troy, Ohio, in the fall of 1848, when he purchased mill property, with which business he has been connected ever since; he was a prime mover in the organization of the bank of which he is President, and has always taken a prominent part in all the leading and laudable undertakings of his town and county; at an early day, he identified himself with the manufacturing interests of Troy, and the best and most imposing business block in the town was built by him in 1855. Mr. Allen has been a stanch Republican since the organization of the party, while in religious belief he acknowledges the Unitarian creed; as a philanthropist, he enjoys an enviable reputation, while for magnanimity, business ability and un-wearying industry, he stands second to none in the community. He married Mrs. Mary D. Hastings Smith in January, 1851; she died the same year; in July, 1853, he married Pemela Hale, daughter of Dr. Asa Coleman, by whom he had ten children, seven of whom are living.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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