Lee County Biographies

ALLEN, Nathaniel C. Farmer, Paw Paw Grove, born in Hartford, Oxford county, Maine, in 1822, was the son of Nathaniel and Polly (Tinkhatn) Allen. His mother was descended from Ephraim Tinkham, who came over in the Mayflower. The descendants had in their possession until recent years a kettle which their ancestor brought with him, and which was used until the bottom wore through. Mr. Allen pursued farming and lumbering as his occupation while in Maine, and in 1845 his father’s family came to this township, and he followed the next year. He still occupies the land which he then entered — a quarter of a section, worth now $8,000. In the winter of 1848-9 he went to Minnesota, and worked at lumbering. In the spring he went down to St. Louis with a raft of logs. This was the cholera year, and one of the raftsmen died on the float. The following winter he went to Mississippi to cut cord-wood, but having cut his leg badly, and being taken with chills and fever, he returned in February. In 1861 he was married to Miss Emaline Johnson, of Viola township, who came with her parents from Vermont, and settled there about 1840 or 1850. They have four sons and three daughters: Cora, Nettie, Rufus, Aranda, Clarendon, Adelbert, and Blanche. These are all living, and Cora is the wife of Terry Stevens, of Shabbona. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are members of the United Brethren church, and he is a republican. In February, 1865, Mr. Allen enlisted in Co. I, 15th Ill. Inf. He rendezvoused at Camp Fry, Chicago; went thence to New York, and from there to North Carolina, joining his command at Raleigh. He marched to Washington City, participated in the Grand Review on May 24, then was transferred to Louisville and St. Louis, and was furloughed at the latter place. lie rejoined his command at Fort Leavenworth, where he was mustered out on September 17,1805. Mr. Allen has been twice almost fatally injured. The first time he was run over by a runaway team, and had his facial bones broken. The next time he was knocked down and terribly gored by an infuriated bull. Mr. Allen held to the rope by which he was leading him, while the animal rolled him about on the ground, and when in reach of a tree wound it around and tied it, and then rolled away. It was supposed each time that he could not live.
History of Lee County together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc. Chicago by H.H. Hill and Company Publishers 1881

ALLEN, Samuel All honor is due to the noble citizen-soldiers of the country who served it so faithfully during the late war, many of them sacrificing the early years of their manhood in helping to preserve the Union in its integrity. Many of them have since been very serviceable in advancing the interests of this county, and among them is Samuel Allen, of this biographical review, who is farming and raising stock on section 20, South Dixon Township, where he has a farm that is complete in its appointments, and is as productive as any in the neighborhood. Mr. Allen was born May 6, 1837, hear Doylestown, Somerset County, Pa. His parents were Louis and Elizabeth (Conner) Allen, natives respectively of Virginia and Pennsylvania, the latter of German parentage, her father and mother living and dying in the Keystone State. Louis Allen's parents removed from Virginia to New York. When he was a small child, and his father died in that State. His mother returned to Virginia, and lived out her remaining days in the Old Dominion. When Samuel Allen was eleven years old, his parents removed to Bedford County, in the same State, but after living there some time, they went back to Somerset County, whence they came to Illinois in 1868. They settled in the village of Eldena, in this township, and in 1870 the father died in his new home at the age of seventy-eight, and a year later his wife passed out of life at the same place, she being then past seventy-five years old. They were devoted Christians, and were members of the Baptist Church for many years.

Our subject was in the flush and vigor of early manhood when he first came to this country in 1860 to make it his future home. The Rebellion broke out and found him hard at work to get a good start in life. He watched the course of the war with intense interest, and in August, 1862, threw aside all personal considerations to join the brave boys in blue at the front, his name being enrolled on the 15th of that month as a member of Company A, Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry. His regiment was sent to the field to fight under the gallant Gen. Thomas, and he and his comrades were with him until the terrible war was brought to a close, early winning the confidence of their be­loved leader by their fidelity to duty, courage in the face of danger, and staying qualities in the heat of the longest and hardest battles. They were mustered out in June, 1865, and honorably discharged at Camp Harker, Nashville, Tenn. They had taken an active part in the engagements at Nashville, Franklin and Chattanooga. They went through the Atlanta campaign, and completed their service by driving the rebel, Gen. Hood, from his stronghold. Our subject escaped without a wound, but while he was sick in a Kentucky hospital he was captured b}' John Morgan's troops, during the celebrated raid of that daring leader through that State. Although never pierced by a rebel bullet or bayonet, he had many a hairsbreadth escape from death while fighting in the lines in some hotly-contested battle.

After the close of the war, Mr. Allen returned to this county, and soon was pursuing his vocation as a farmer as busily and with as much interest as if he had never left the plow to shoulder his gun to help fight his country's battles. He has owned his present farm of one hundred and eleven acres on section 20, South Dixon Township, since 1868, having one hundred and forty-one acres in all, and by unremitting and well-directed toil has transformed it into one of the most desirable pieces of property in that township, erecting good farm buildings, placing the soil under a high state of cultivation, and purchasing modern machinery so that lie might conduct its operations to the best advantage. Besides the home place he owns ninety-two acres in another part of this township.

Mr. Allen has taken unto himself a wife since becoming a resident of this county, and to her good offices attributes a part of his success in life, as well he may, she being so well fitted for her position at the head of the household whose affairs she directs wisely and well. She bore the maiden name of Eva Mossholder, and is a daughter of a well-known pioneer family, whose history is given in the biography of William H. Mossholder. Mrs. Allen was young when she came to Illinois with her parents from her birthplace in Somerset County, Pa., and she was reared to womanhood in South Dixon Township. She is a member of the Evangelical Church, and, with her husband, is of high social standing in this township where they have many friends. Mr. Allen is a man of sterling common sense, with sensible opinions upon all topics with which he is familiar, and in politics he holds himself independent of party ties.

Our subject and his wife have been blessed in their marriage by these three children: Cora E., wife of William Baker, of La Salle Township, La Salle County; Louis G., married Miss Jennie Parker, and lives on his father's farm; and Nellie M. is at home with her parents.
History of Lee County together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc. Chicago by H.H. Hill and Company Publishers 1881

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