Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
George Allen, one of the first settlers of the town of De Witt, was born in Rome, Oneida Co., N. Y., Aug. 23,
1806. His father was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was horn in Washington Co., N. Y., Nov. 12, 1786. At the
age of eighteen he was married to Miss Betsey Heath, and shortly after removed to Oneida County, where he resided
until 1816, when he emigrated with his family to Niagara County, then an almost unbroken wilderness. But little
is known of his history; he was a farmer by occupation, but never attained special prominence in any way. When
George was nine years of age he went to live with a Baptist minister, with whom he was to remain until he was twenty-one;
but after five years of toil and inhuman treatment he ran away aád returned to his home in Niagara County.
At the age of fourteen he was thrown upon his own resources. He obtained employment of a farmer, with whom he reinained
nearly four years, hen, with an idea of bettering his condition, he went on to the Erie Canal, but that life was
not a congenial one, and he returned to the farm. In 1831 he was married to Miss Margaret Laughlin. She was born
in Ashtabula Co., Ohio, April 17, 1810; she has been the partner of all his pioneer experiences, and has shared
with him the hardships and privations incident to a life in a new country. Six years after their marriage they
came to Michigan, and first settled in Plymouth, Wayne Co., where he rented a large farm; shortly after, however,
he disposed of his interest for eighty acres of land in the town of De Witt, upon which he now resides. During
his residence in Be Witt, a period of over forty years, he has demonstrated his general worth as a citizen, and
has identified himself largely with the development of the town. He has attracted to himself a large circle of
friends, by whom he is appreciated for his integrity as a man, and as a kind, obliging neighbor and friend. He
is an honored and consistent member of the Methodist Church, and a generous supporter, so far as his means will
allow, of all religious and benevolent enterprises. In his political belief he is a staunch Republican, but has
never desired or sought office, preferring rather the retirement of the farm, the companionship of his family,
and the good will and esteem of all to the slight distinction gained by the occupancy of a subordinate position.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen are the parents of two children, Oscar, born Aug. 23, 1832, and Mary, born Aug. 28, 1834.
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.