The subject of this biography is a native of Stark Co., OH, and the son of Robert & Mary (Miller) Allen, the father born in PA and the mother in OH. He was born Aug. 20, 1840, and in early youth learned the blacksmith's trade with his father who was a skillful mechanic. When eleven years of age he accompanied his parents to IN, and for some time after his father's death contributed to the support of the family, in consequence of which his advantages for obtaining an education were somewhat limited. He continued working at his trade until within a few years when he abandoned it for agricultural pursuits in which he is at present engaged. He was married Sept. 27, 1863, to Miss Margaret J. Brown, daughtter of Asa Brown, of who a sketch will be found elsewhere. Mrs. Allen was born in Clinton Co., OH July 2, 1841, and is the mother of eight children, namely; Laura N., Thomas B., William E., Mary V., deceased, Musie M., Asa R., Virna L. and Laura H. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the Christian Church.
p. 756 History of Huntington Co., IN (Brant & Fuller, Chicago) 1887.