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William Allen, deceased, was born in Kentucky March 6, 1818, and was a son of Eliza and Nancy (Young) Allen, natives of Virginia. At the age of twenty-one years, he engaged in farming for himself as a renter, and thus continued for five years, when he bought forty-three acres of land in Madison County, which he sold and located on 300 acres his wife inherited from her father's estate. The widow has now 115 acres of the 300 left, together with property in Somerford. Mr. Allen acquired a common school education, and was Township Trustee of Somerford Township for a number of years. He was married, December 24, 1840, to Lucinda Wilson, who was born January 7, 1820, in Madison County, Ohio. This union was blest with one child, now deceased. Mr. Allen died January 5, 1882.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]