Biography - Edgar Allen

EDGAR ALLEN. He of whom we write is a member of a family who just previous to the war settled in this state. His father was a large landowner and a man who was highly respected in the community. Our subject resides on section 26, of Ridge Township, Shelby County, where he owns one hundred and twenty-five acres of land in a good state of cultivation. His parents were George and Nancy (Carlisle) Allen, natives respectively of Maryland and Ohio, having met and married in the latter State. Our subject was born April 18, 1854, and is now in the meridian of life.

In 1863, our subject's parents came to Shelby County, and purchased two hundred and twenty acres of land which was at that time but little improved. They paid for this $18 per acre. The father however, returned to Ohio, and there in the winter of 1863, February 24, his died, leaving a family of eight children to mourn his decease. They are Sarah A., William H., Annetta, Angeline, Thomas, Theodore. Edgar and Alice. Sarah married Anderson Hunter. Annetta became the wife of Milton Hunter and died in Shelby County. Angeline was married to George N. Arnold, and Alice became the wife of M. E. Moore. In the spring of 1864, the mother with her family of children returned to this State and settled on the land purchased by the husband and father. She is still living having attained more than the three-score years and ten usually allotted to mankind.

Our subject remained on the farm until he arrived at manhood. He was there engaged in the usual duties of a farmer lad, which duties were relieved by the enjoyments and amusements common to country life. He received his education in the district schools in this vicinity, and is thus prepared for the practical hand-to-hand combat with daily life.

In February, 1885, Mr. Allen was united in marriage to a lady whose maiden name was Miss Allie Brandt, a daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Rugh) Brandt, who still reside in Fairfield County, Ohio. Four children graced and beautified this union, three of whom are living. Bessie, Maude and Theodore are bright, intelligent children, who promise to more than fulfill their fond parents' expectations and hope for them. Politically, our subject affiliiates witn the Democratic party and under his party he has for some time held the position of Tax Collector. Socially he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

Extracted 16 Feb 2019 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 597.

EDGAR ALLEN, who is numbered among the influential agriculturists of Shelby County, owns and operates a fine farm on section 26, Ridge Township. He is a native of Ohio, born in Fairfield County, April 18, 1854. His parents, George and Nancy (Carlisle) Allen, were natives of Maryland and Ohio respectively, and were married in the Buckeye State, where they owned a farm. In 1863 the father came to Illinois, and in Shelby County he purchased two hundred and twenty acres of land but little improved, paying for it $18 per acre. He returned to Ohio, where he died in the winter of 1863-64, leaving eight children to mourn his untimely death.

The following is the record of the brothers and sisters of our subject: Sarah A., who became the wife of Anderson Hunter; William H.; Anetta, who married Milton Hunter and died in Shelby County; Angeline, who was united in marriage with George N. Arnold, and also passed away in Shelby County; Thomas, Theodore, Edgar, and Alice, the wife of M. E. Moore. In the spring of 1864, the widowed mother, accompanied by her children, came to Illinois and located on the land which had been purchased by her late husband. She still survives at the age of seventy-five years, and her declining years have been made happy by the love of her children and the affection of her large circle of friends.

Mr. Allen passed a comparatively uneventful youth marked by no incidents of note. He aided his mother as much as possible in his childhood and alternated study at the neighboring distinct school with work on the home farm, where he received a practical training in agricultural affairs. When ready to establish a home of his own he was united in marriage, in February, 1884, with Miss Allie Brandt, the daughter of Adam Brandt, who still resides in Fairfield County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Allen mourn the loss of one child, and have three surviving members of their family — Bessie, Maud and Theodore. Politically Mr. Allen is a stanch supporter of Democratic principles and has served in various minor offices, among them that of Tax Collector. Socially he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. His industry has been rewarded with success, and he is now the owner of one hundred and twenty-five acres of fertile land, embellished with good improvements and bearing a first-class set of farm buildings.

Extracted 17 Aug 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 682-683.

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