Biography of Henry E. Allis
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Allis, Henry Elisha, was born in Prattsburg in 1829. son of Josiah Allis, who was a native of Whately, Mass., born in 1778, and one of eleven children born to Col. Josiah Allis, of Whately, Mass., son of Captain Elisha, son of Ichabod, son of Captain John, son of Colonel William, the founder of the family in America in 1640. Josiah Allis, father of Henry Elisha, first came to Prattsburg in 1801, returned and came again with Capt. Joel Pratt, for whom he drove three yoke of oxen. He settled on unbroken land south of the village, which he cleared and made for himself a home. He was an active pioneer and assisted in blazing and laying out the first road from Prattsburg to Bath, and from Prattsburg to Naples. He was actively interested in educational matters, and one of the original promoters in the building of the Franklin Academy at Prattsburg, also of the Presbyterian church of the same place. He married Mary Bull, a native of Connecticut, by whom he had six children: Emily, Jerry, Horace, Josiah, Lemira, and Henry E. He died in 1848, and his wife in 1829. Henry E. was educated in the common schools and Franklin Academy and remained at home until after the death of his father, after which he engaged in the carpenter trade and the study of architecture, and later became master builder. In 1854 he went to Chicago, Ill., where for six years he was engaged in contracting and building, and one year was spent in the car shops of the Alton railroad. He then returned to Yates county, N.Y., where he spent four years on the farm and one year in Ontario county, when he returned to Prattsburg, where he has since been engaged in farming and the breeding of blooded stock, of which Jersey cattle are his specialty. In politics Mr. Allis is a Republican, has served as town auditor, inspector of elections, and is now serving his third term as justice of the peace. In 1890 he married Charlotte J. Holcomb, who was born in Prattsburg, a daughter of Ebenezer Holcomb, by whom he had three children: Addie, wife of Charles H. Burns, of Cuba; Louie P., and Frank H., who is married and has one child, Henry E.

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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