Biography of Isaac Allen
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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.

From:
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


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