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Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893, p264.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

ALLEN CORZINE is one of the extensive land-owners and wealthy agriculturists of Christian County. His broad and fertile acres lie on sections 11 and 13, May and Stonington Townships, respectively. Our subject was born November 27, 1854, in Guernsey County, Ohio, and he is a son of Allen and Mary Ann (Warren) Corzine. The father was born in 1816, in Pennsylvania, and settled in Guernsey County, Ohio, in boyhood.

He continued to reside in the Buckeye State until 1868, when he made a settlement in Christian County, and became the owner of a farm. He is now retired from active care and is a resident of Assumption, Ill. His grandfather came from Holland to America when a young man, and at one time owned sixty acres of land where Wall Street in New York City is now located.

Our subject's mother was born in 1819, and is still living in this county. Her grandfather was an officer in the War of 1812. Mrs. Corzine reared a family of nine children, the eldest of whom, Jonathan, is engaged in farming near Hendricks, Neb.; Martha Ann is the wife of S. D. Moore, of Assumption; Lavina died at the age of twenty-nine years; Rebecca became the wife of David Ridge, a farmer of this county; Allen is the subject of this notice; Warren is engaged in the lumber business in Stonington; Benton is a well-to-do farmer of this county; and the twin brothers, Jacob and Isaac, are also prosperous farmers of Christian County.

Living with his parents on the homestead farm until seventeen years of age, Allen Corzine then concluded to make his own livelihood. For a year he worked for neighboring farmers, after which he went to Chicago and there drove an express wagon for six months. Returning to this county, he worked on a farm for two years, carefully husbanding his resources during all this time. Subsequently for several years he rented land, and then became the owner of one hundred and twenty acres, which has since been his home and which was the beginning of his landed possessions.

On the 12th of March, 1879, our subject and Miss Janet A. Burdick were united in marriage. Mrs. Corzine was born October 13, 1860, in May Township, and is the second child of Benjamin M. and Rebecca (Boyd) Burdick. Of her four brothers and sisters, only one is now living, Minerva E., wife of Warren Corzine, of Stonington.

Her father was born in Connecticut in 1824, and after obtaining a good education engaged in teaching school in his native State until some time in the '40s, when he came to Christian County, and for a number of years engaged in teaching during the winter months and farming the remainder of the year. He was of Irish descent and lived to be fifty-five years of age. His wife, who was born in Kentucky, came to this county with her parents  when she was only two years old. Her death occurred in 1879.

The pleasant home of our subject and wife is graced by the presence of two sons and two daughters: Roy Allen, Bertha May, Clarence Glenn and Gracie Adelaide. The parents are consistent members of the Methodist Church.

In regard to the question of polities, our subject is on the side of the Prohibition party. For six years he has been one of the School Directors in his district and has been Road Commissioner in the township. During the passing years he has added extensively to his farm, which now comprises five hundred and forty acres within its boundaries. This is one of the choicest pieces of farm property in May Township, and with the exception of one hundred and thirty acres that his wife inherited from her father's estate, it is the result of his years of honest effort and industry. He is one of the most upright and honorable of men, and well merits the high esteem and kindly regard in which he is held by his friends and neighbors.

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