Mrs. Olney Allen, retired; Medina; was born in Pleasant Valley, Litchfield Co., Conn., May 15, 1808, daughter of Eben Woodruff, whose wife's maiden name was Rhoda Coe. Mr. Woodruff was born in 1774, in Farmington, Hartford Co., Conn., his wife in Winchester, Litchfield Co., Conn., in 1777; Eben's father's name was Elisha; Rhoda Coe was a daughter of Jonathan Coe; Eben died in 1850, his wife in 1848; they had a family of six children.

Feb. 16, 1833, our subject was married to Mr. Olney Allen, who was born Dec. 6, 1806, in Constableville, N.Y.; he was a son of Willard and Polly (Wadsworth) Allen, to whom were born six children, five sons and a daughter. After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Allen, they went by stage to Albany, thence to Buffalo by canal, then by steamboat to Cleveland; when he came to this township he had but $200 in money. He was a cooper by trade. Upon his arrival, he purchased land of Edward Starr, for which he paid $8 per acre; three acres of it were cleared, and there was a small log cabin on the place. At this time, there was but one road in the township which led from Medina to Harrisville, there being but four houses on the route. Mr. Allen was a successful business man, and accumulated a good property, besides 160 acres of land, which Mrs. Allen now owns. He died Oct. 6, 1880, leaving his wife and one son to mourn his loss. Mr. Allen was a good citizen, an upright man and a kind husband; he was a Republican and well read in the topics of the day.


History of Medina County, Ohio.  Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.