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Samuel Allison Sr.
ALLISON, Samuel Sr., Farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. Delhi, Delaware Co., Iowa; Born in Orange Co., N. Y. July 19, 1826; moved to Ohio in 1840; married Miss Rachel Bell in 1854, who was born in Licking Co., Ohio, December 1833. They have six children living---Cora A., William R., John L., Ella, Alice and Samuel E. Came to this county in 1852; returned to Ohio the following year and returned with his wife in 1854. Owns 680 acres.
Source: The History of Delaware County, Iowa, published by Western Historical Co., Chicago, 1878, Page 595-596, Delhi Township.
Submitted by Mary Allison Yonan
Samuel Allison Jr.
ALLISON, Samuel Jr., Farmer, Sec. 24; P.O Delhi, Delaware Co., Iowa; Born in Orange Co., N. Y. March 19, 1828; moved to Ohio in 1841; married Miss Emeline J. Harris March 2, 1852; who was born in Licking Co., Ohio, October 24, 1831. Mr. Allison came to this county in 1850; entered his land and made some improvements; returned to Ohio, got married and came back in 1852. They have eight children living---Oscar H, Anna L., Mary E., Minnie M., Laura E., Frank E., Eugene and Ida L. Mr Allison was elected Assessor in 1876, a position he now fills; has taught school nearly every Winter since he resided in this county. Owns two sections of land, and is an old and influential citizen of Delaware County.
[Source: The History of Delaware County, Iowa, published by Western Historical Co., Chicago, 1878, Page 595, Delhi Township. Submitted by Mary Allison Yonan]
Added information: Samuel ALLISON, Sr. and Samuel ALLISON, Jr. were first cousins. They had been brought up together in Orange Co., NY and in Licking Co., Ohio. As young men, they moved to Delaware County, Iowa together. Because their names were identical, they affixed the terms Sr. and Jr. to their signatures on their land deeds and other official documents in Delaware Co., Iowa, to differentiate between them. Since the Samuel Allison who was married to Rachel Bell was two years older than the Samuel Allison who was married to Emeline Harris, the older Samuel used "Sr." and the younger Samuel used "Jr". Within the family the older Samuel was called "Big Sam" and the younger Samuel was called "Little Sam". "Big Sam" Allison died Feb 26, 1884 in Delhi, Delaware Co., IA. "Little Sam" and Emeline Allison farmed near Delhi until 1881 when they moved to Sac County in western Iowa where Samuel owned a farm of a section and a half of land. "Little Sam" died Aug 30, 1888 in Eureka Township, Sac Co., IA.
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