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Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, 1891; Page 740 – 741

ALFRED B. ALLEN. The home of this worthy farmer and citizen is located in Fairmount Township, Pike County, and consists of three hundred and twenty broad acres bearing excellent improvements. The land is mostly under the plow and produces crops of good quality, while the quantity per acre is satisfactory to the enterprising owner. A comfortable dwelling in which good cheer abounds occupies a pleasant situation on sections 20 and 29, and grouped about it in such a manner as to be convenient for their purposes are the outbuildings, which are also well-built and commodious.

The grandfather of our subject was Theophilus Allen who was born in North Carolina, his parents likewise being natives of that State and of German lineage. He was a cooper by trade and also carried on farming. After his marriage to a lady of his own native State, he removed to Sumner County, Tenn., where his wife died after a few years' residence, and before she had passed middle age. After some years Grandfather Allen changed his abode to Ohio County, Ky., beginning his life there when the country was undeveloped. He aided in clearing and cultivating the land and breathed his last after an honorable career among the frontiersmen. When called hence he was about three-score and ten years old. His second wife also died in that county at a ripe old age. Both were members of the Presbyterian Church, as had been the first wife. Several of their sons were soldiers in the War of 1812.

One of the youngest children born to Theophilus Allen and his first wife, was Asa whose birthplace was Sumner County, Tenn. He became of age after his father removed to Kentucky and followed the trade of cooper and mechanic for some years. He married Abigail Campbell, a lady of genuine worth of character and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. Her father, William Campbell, was born in Maryland and was of Scotch ancestry. While yet a young man he entered the Revolutionary Army and fought throughout the war with credit. Some years after the treaty of peace he went to Ohio County, Ky., and later to Tennessee where he died at the age of one hundred years or more. He had been married three times but had children only by his first wife, Mrs. Allen being one of the youngest.

Asa Allen and his wife lived in Kentucky some years after their marriage and all their children but one were born there. In 1844 the family came to Pike County, Ill., performing the journey with teams, according to the common custom. They settled on unbroken land in Fairmount Township and began to open up and develop a new home, although the father was then about fifty years of age. Mrs. Allen passed away in 1852 when nearly three-score and ten years old; her husband survived until 1876, he also reaching an advanced age. He was a kind-hearted, worthy man, who gained the respect of his acquaintances. In politics he was a Jackson Democrat and in religion a Methodist.

Our subject is the eldest but one in a family of twelve children born to Asa and Abigail Allen, and has three brothers and three sisters now living. His natal day was September 14, 1825, and his birthplace Ohio County, Ky. He was about eighteen years old when he came to this State, wherein he grew to manhood, assisting in the development of the new farm and gaining such knowledge as the schools of the time warranted, together with the useful habits and firm principles that have marked his course through life. He has held various township offices, efficiently discharging the duties belonging thereto. His vote and that of his sons is cast in support of the principles and candidates of Democracy.

The good woman who has charge of the home of our subject was formerly known as Miss Emily Askew. She was born in Sumner County, Tenn., in August, 1828, but was brought to this State in her girlhood, grew to a noble womanhood here and January 15, 1846, became the wife of Alfred Allen. Her parents, Isaac and Mahala Askew, were natives of Tennessee and were there reared and married. In 1837 they came to this State, and settling in Pike County spent the remnant of their days here dying when quite old. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Askew had been a soldier in the War of 1812.

The family of our subject and his wife includes eight living children and they have lost three by death. The deceased are: Cornelia A., George W. and John B. The record of the survivors is as follows: Benjamin D., married Melissa Curffman and is farming in Custer County, Neb.; William W., a widower, lives in Fairmount Township; Alice is the wife of Isaac Askew and lives on a farm in Kinderhook Township; Nathan N. married Mary B. Ewing and lives on and operates the Allen homestead; Asa married Dora Witt and operates a farm in Fairmount Township; Richard H. married Delia Walker and lives in New Salem Township: J. T. married Mary Askew and their home is in Fairmount Township; Charles F. is unmarried and lives with his parents.

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