ALLEN MANSON was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in May, 1827, his parents being David and Mary Manson, nee Mecance, the former a native of Washington County, Ohio, and the latter of Pennsylvania. Allen grew to manhood on a farm in Coshocton County, Ohio, obtaining very limited school advantages, having attended the district schools but a few months. In 1858 he came westward and settled in Clarke County, Iowa, where he resided until the year 1863, then removing to Caldwell County, Missouri. There he was engaged in farming for some eleven years, when he came to Atchison County, Missouri, in 1874. Here he remained but a little over one year, when he removed to Barton County and stayed one summer. In November, 1875, he returned to Atchison County and has since been a resident of this locality. Mr. Manson has been on his farm in Dale Township for five years and now owns 240 acres of land, all fenced, with an orchard of 300 apple trees and a few cherry, pear and plum, besides small fruit. He is quite extensively engaged in feeding cattle for the market. On the 27th of November, 1851, Mr. M. was married in Ohio to Miss Jane Gracy, and by this union there were two children, one of whom survives, William A., born September 20, 1852. Mrs. Manson died in Clarke County, Iowa, March 14, 1860. Mr. M. was again married November 27, 1862, to Miss Sarah A. Spurlock, a native of Indiana, and a daughter of John Spurlock. He resides on section 9.
[The History of Holt and Atchison Counties, Missouri; St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. — Transcribed by K. Mohler]