Biography of Jesse M. Allen


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JESSE M. ALLEN, farmer. P. O. Itasca. was born in Stockbridge. Windsor Co., Vt., in July, 1829, son of John and Elizabeth Allen. He came to Cook County with his parents in 1835, who located in Elk Grove Township. There they resided until the death of the father, in 1866, at the age of sixty six years: the mother is living at the age of eighty years. Mr. Allen has made farming his principal business, which he has followed for over thirty years. He was married in 1854 to Miss Veronica Dibb, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Dibb. They have six children William B., Mary E, Charles H., Fannie E., Walter G. and Veronica. Mr. Allen has held the office of Town Clerk. Collector and Supervisor of Elk Grove for a number of years. He was eected Treasurer of Cook County in 1865. and held that office for two years. His mother, who is now living with him, was a native of New Hampshire, moving to Vermont with her parents when three years old, where she married John Allen in 1821. They raised a family of four children - Mrs. Dr. J. H. Cooper, of Burlington. Wis., John, Jesse M., and Mrs. James Frake, of Chicago. Mrs. Allen came from Vermont to Chicago in 1835 with three children, her husband having previously come West and located in St. Joseph, Mich. In 1835 he came to Chicago, where he met his family after their weary journey of one month on the road. They soon after made the location for their fature home in Elk Grove. and in after years enjoyed the fruims of their years of industry and toil, and the hardships incident to pioneer settlement in Cook County fifty years ago.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.