Biography of John D. Allen
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JOHN D. ALLEN
The beginning of the nineteenth century found the Allen family identified with the agricultural development of Kentucky and with its transformation from a wilderness into a region of rich plantations. The blue grass state was the native commonwealth of Nathan Allen, who was born in 1813 and who suffered a deep bereavement in the death of his parents when he was scarcely old enough to comprehend his serious loss. A kind hearted neighbor, John Duncan, took him and his little sister into his own home and there cared for them with an unselfish tenderness until they were able to earn their own way in the world. The foster parents moved from Kentucky into Indiana and traveled by wagon a short distance north of the Ohio river, taking up a claim in Orange county and developing a farm from the primeval woods.

A similar task fell upon the broad shoulders of Nathan Allen, who in turn cleared a large tract, placed the land in condition for cultivation and established a cabin home in the midst of the clearing. To this frontier abode he brought his bride, Margaret Warren, who was born in Kentucky, but moved to Indiana at the age of eighteen years. It was the task of the young people to make their farm produce a livelihood for their growing family and they labored diligently. The years passed by and they were young no longer, but they had achieved much in the battle of life. Their children had been reared to lives of usefulness and they had ever displayed qualities of thrift, frugality and industry. At the old home where he had labored so long and so well Mr. Allen died in 1861 just as. the Civil war was throwing its somber cloud over the country. His widow long survived him and eventually passed from earth in 1894. All of their family, three sons and three daughters, attained to mature years. Two sons and a daughter now survive, namely: John D., of Riverside; George, of Orange county, Ind.; and Mrs. Sarah J. Edwards, of Arkansas. Two children died in infancy. The parents and children were all members of the Christian Church.

Born in Orange county, Ind., September 9, 1841, John D. Allen grew to manhood on the old home farm and aided in bringing the soil into a state of productive fertility. It was impossible for him to attend school regularly, for his help was needed at home and in the field. However, through habits of observation he has acquired a wide fund of valuable information. After the death of his father he took charge of the Orange county homestead. During the autumn of 1865 he married Miss Lucinda Sullivan, who was born in Floyd county, Ind., near the Ohio river, and grew to young womanhood in that locality, whence she removed to Orange county prior to her marriage. Her father, John Sullivan, was a native of Floyd county and belonged to a very old family of that vicinity. The young couple began housekeeping on a rented farm of one hundred and sixty acres and for several years continued as tenants. With the savings of that period of hard labor they invested in a farm of eighty acres in Sullivan county, Ind., where they prosecuted agricultural enterprises for a considerable period. Eventually they rented the property and removed into the village of Sullivan, but a year later they disposed of their holdings and came to California, where since 1904 they have owned and occupied a comfortable home in Riverside. Their diligent application and continued effort made them prosperous and they amply merit the position they occupy in the community.

In religious connections Mr. and Mrs. Allen are identified with the Riverside Church of Christ. Well informed concerning governmental problems, he gives his support to the Democratic party in national issues. Though never an aspirant for office, he consented to fill the position of judge of elections both in Indiana and California and in the former place he served for years in that capacity. Accompanied by his wife in the autumn of 1909 he returned to Indiana and enjoyed a pleasant visit with relatives and friends in Orange and Sullivan counties, but came back to Riverside doubly contented to pass his remaining years in this land of sunshine and flowers. Of his children the two eldest, George W. and Joseph H., formerly engaged in teaching school, but now hold business positions Emma is the wife of James Ridgeway, a farmer of Sullivan county, Ind.; Florence M. married Roland E Ball, of Riverside; 011ie Pearl is the wife of Irvin Rich, of Riverside; John W. died at the age of ten months; Mary E. and Anna both passed from earth at the age of eighteen years.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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