Allen, Isaac, who was one of the most active persons in founding West Groton, and, who also established the
first store at that place, was a native of Vermont and came to this town in 1804. He built a log cabin on the corner
lot east of Perry W. Allen's residence, and after that his father, Joseph Allen, and family became residents of
the town. During the war of 1812 Isaac Allen, and also a brother, was engaged in the service. Isaac was a bridge
builder, and constructed a large bridge over the Potomac River at Washington, also assisted in building the first
bridge across Cayuga Lake; but in Groton followed farming and owned an extensive tract of land reaching half a
mile north and a mile south of the present village of West Groton. He was for many years justice of the peace.
At the time of his death, March 3, 1825, he was the Owner of 315 acres of good land, which was divided among his
children. In 1823 he built the first store in the locality (the old building still stands opposite P. W. Allen's
house), stocked it with goods and placed it in care of James I. Brinkerhoof. The wife of Isaac Allen was Susan
Sellen, daughter of the pioneer Deacon John Sellen, and their children were as follows: Amanda, who married Rev.
Joseph W. Stearns; Marilla, Perry W., Louisa and Napoleon W. Perry W. Allen was born in Groton February 10, 1818.
He worked in a store and was afterword proprietor of a mercantile business at West Groton for several years. For
twenty seven years Mr. Allen was either postmaster or deputy at West Groton. March 14, 1848, he married Charlotte
E. Clement, by whom he has had three children: Warner C., Ethan W., and Flora J. Mr. Allen is a Democrat, was the
son of a Democrat, but not until recently has he been active in political life. He was the first three years assessor
elected in the town. For a number of years he was a member of the County Committee, and still stands high in the
councils of his party.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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