Biography of Spencer B. Allen
Madison County, NY Biographies





Allen, Spencer B., son of Eli Eastman and Sophrona E. (Parsons) Allen, was born in Lincklaen, Chenango county, N. Y., October 5, 1836. He is a descendant of the old Puritan family of Allens and numbers Ethan Allen among his ancestors. His father, Eli Eastman Allen, was born at Sackett's Harbor and later removed to Lincklaen. His grandfather, Jacob Allen, was born in Cape Cod, Barnstable county, Mass., and came to New York State with the early settlers. On the maternal side Mr. Allen descends from the old New England family of Parsons, representatives of which were early settlers of the town of Fenner. He was educated in Morrisville, whither the family had removed when he was an infant. After leaving school he engaged in the dry goods business; later in the drug business and in various other occupations. Several years of his life have been spent in Michigan; he was also a resident for a time of Canastota, this State. Mr. Allen came to Cazenovia in 1870, and for a year was employed in the lumber yard at the sash factory: later he was employed at the grist mill, and for three years was station agent at the Chenango Valley Railroad depot. In September, 1895, he established the news room in Albany street, which he now conducts. Mr. Allen's politics have always been Republican. He has never held public office, with the exception of several terms as inspector of elections. In 1868 he married Olivia L. Morgan, daughter of John Morgan of Brookfield. Two children have been born to them: Henry M., and Shirley C. (deceased).

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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