Biography of James Allen
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Allen, James, was born in the town of Wheeler, in 1836, and has devoted his life to farming, remaining with his parents until he was twenty one years of age, when he started for himself, his first purchase being forty acres of land, to which he later added sixty acres from time to time. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, 141st N. Y. Vols., and served until the close of the war, and was engaged in the battles of Resaca, Dalton, Cassville, Ga., Wahatchie Valley, Tenn., and was with Sherman on his famous march in the Twentieth Corps. He was sick in a hospital at Nashville six months, and upon his return from the war he engaged in clearing his land of the timber and stumps, and otherwise improving his farm, and took his parents to his home and cared for them during the last years of their lives. Stephen Allen, his grandfather, was a native of Rhode Island, and lived and died in Montgomery county, where he engaged in farming, and his younger days were spent as a sailor on a coasting vessel. He served a short time in the Revolutionary war in the place of a neighbor who bad a leave of absence, he being but a mere boy at the time. He reared eight children. Caleb Allen, father of James, was born in Montgomery County in 1801, and came to Wheeler in 1820, where he settled in the western part of the town, and cleared his farm from the forest. In 1838 he returned to Montgomery county, where he spent five years, after which he returned to Wheeler and spent his remaining days in this town and Avoca. He served as justice of the peace in Wheeler eight years, and four years as justice in Avoca. He married Catherine, daughter of John F. Putman, a pioneer of Steuben county, by whom he had three children: Catherine, James, and William, who died in the army hospital. He had three children by a former wife; John B., deceased, Jane, and Maria. He died in 1888, and his wife in 1886. James Allen has served his town as assessor three years, commissioner of highways one term, and is an active member of the Avoca Grange Lodge, P. of H., of which he has been secretary four years, also master, lecturer, gatekeeper, etc., and is a member of the Marcy G. A. R. Post of Avoca. In 1867 he married Belinda M. Wheeler, a teacher in the town of Wheeler, and daughter of Seth Wheeler, by whom he had children: Huron, Homer G., and Glena. His wife died in January, 1899. She was an active and able worker in the Grange Lodge in Avoca, and filled all the offices attainable by women in that lodge from time to time.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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