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William Harrison Allen

Male 1844 - 1935


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  • Name  William Harrison Allen  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth  Apr 1844  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Born  18 Aug 1844  Leesville, Lawrence County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1870  Flinn Township, Lawrence County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Living with his wife, Martha, and children Laura and "Aurthur" W. Allen:) Line Number: 29, Dwelling Number: 373, Family Number: 73: Wm. H. Allen, age 24, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $1600, value of personal estate $700, born in Indiana, male over 21 years of age
    Census  1880  Owen Township, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (William and Martha Allen were living with her mother, Martha Wray as head of household, along with their children: Arthur, Florence, Flora, Gertrude, and Albert. The census form was filled out sloppily with information obviously incorrect and missing. The family was enumerated on two images:) Line Number 45, Family Number 326: Martha Wray, white, female, age 63, head of household, widowed/divorced, cannot read, cannot write, born in Canada, father born in Canada, mother born in Canada

      William Allen, white, male, age 30, married, occupation farmer, born in Indiana, father born in Indiana, mother born in Indiana
    Census  1880  Owen Township, Jackson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (The second image enumerating William H. Allen's family in 1880 listed children: Flora, Gertrude, and Albert.)
    Iowa State Census  1885  Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Married to Martha, living with her and children "Aurthur" W., Florence, Flora, Gertrude, Albert, and Thomas Allen:) Line number: 14, Dwelling number: 108, Family number: 102: William H. Allen, 78 Township, Range 26, Section 35; Address SE NW; age 40, male, married, born in Indiana, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native, subject to military duty, entitled to vote
    Census  1900  Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Living with the family of his son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Viola M. Allen. Listed as "married" rather than "widowed," but wife Martha is not in the household:) William Allen, father-in-law (sic: father), white, male, born in April 1844, age 56, married, born in Indiana, father born in Indiana, mother born in Indiana, occupation farm laborer, not employed 0 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English
    Census  1910  Penn Township, Guthrie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • William H. Allen, father, male, white, age 62, divorced, birthplace Indiana, father's birthplace Indiana, mother's birthplace Indiana, could speak English, occupation farm laborer, nature of industry home farm, wage earner, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0, could read, could write
    Iowa State Census  1915  Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Card Number: 438, male, white, divorced, could read, could write, number of years in the US: 72, number of years in Iowa: 35, William H. Allen, age 72, Dallas County, post office address: Booneville, Boone Township, occupation laborer, total earnings in 1914: $300, extent of education in the common schools: 10, birth place: Indiana, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Indiana, mother's birthplace: Indiana, signed by assessor: Elmer Robison
    Obituary  Jan 1935  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    an unknown Central iowa newspaper; republished at the Dallas County, Iowa GenWeb web site 
    • William Harrison Allen was born in Leesville, Indiana, on August 18,1844 and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Swallow in Booneville, Iowa, on January 10,1935 at the age of ninety years, four months and twenty-three days.

      On April 4, 1867, he was married to Martha Wray at Leesville, Indiana. To this union were born twelve children, ten of whom are living, two having died in infancy. Mrs. Allen preceded him in death seven years ago.
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      Mr. and Mrs. Allen, with their older children, came to Booneville in 1881, making the trip in a covered wagon. He has lived in and around Booneville since that time, except for a few short visits in Nebraska and Dakota.

      Mr. Allen was a member of the Christian church. having been baptized about forty-five years ago, and always remained a member of that church. The last three years he has been an invalid cared for by his family.

      He leaves to mourn his passing ten children: Mrs. Laura Davis of Booneville; Art Allen of Adel; Mrs. Florence Hoeye and Mrs. Flora Swallow of Booneville; Mrs. Gertrude Ireland of Garrison, North Dakota, Albert Allen of Dallas, Iowa, Thomas Allen and Robert Allen of Booneville, Mrs. Rose Graham of Des Moines, and Harry Allen of Booneville; Also forty-nine grandchildren, forty-three great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren and many friends.

      His funeral was held from the M. E. church at Booneville Saturday afternoon, conducted by Reverend Elliott and Reverend Peterson. The music was in charge of Mrs. Clarence Westland and Mrs. Max Gutshall, accompanied by Mrs. Ray at the piano. Burial was in the Booneville cemetery.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • William Harrison Allen's grave is located at the Booneville Cemetery in Booneville, Dallas County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "William Harrison Allen. 1844 - 1936"
    Died  10 Jan 1935  Booneville, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried  12 Jan 1935  Booneville Cemetery, Booneville, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID  I50785  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Martha Wray,   b. 1850, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927 
    Married  4 Apr 1867  Leesville, Lawrence County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Divorced  Yes, date unknown 
    Moved  1881  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Indiana 
    Children 
     1. Laura Ida Allen,   b. 1868, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939
     2. Arthur W. "Art" Allen,   b. 1870, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1946
     3. Florence Allen,   b. 1872, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954
     4. Flora Allen,   b. 1874, Lawrence County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1952
     5. Gertrude Allen,   b. Jan 1876, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >6. Albert Allen,   b. Jun 1880, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957
     7. Thomas Jefferson "Tommy" Allen,   b. 18 Jan 1881, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959
     8. Willis Allen,   b. 18 Aug 1884,   d. 18 Oct 1884
     9. Robert Allen,   b. 13 Mar 1886, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1956
     10. Rose B. Allen,   b. Jul 1888, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Harry Allen,   b. 29 Jan 1891, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1955
     12. (Infant Daughter - 50850) Allen,   b. 29 Jan 1893,   d. 31 Jan 1893
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F19856  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Penn Township, Guthrie County, Iowa; supervisor's district: 9, enumeration district: 59, sheet number: 7B, page number: 133; enumeration date: May 10, 1910

    2. [S6701] Allen, William Harrison - Obituary, (originally published in an unknown central Iowa newspaper, January 1935; Iowa; republished online at the Dallas County, Iowa, GenWeb web site) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa; enumeration district: 5, supervisor's district: 7, sheet number: 4B, page number: 53; enumeration date: June 9, 1900

    4. [S12151] Allen, William Harrison - Headstone Photograph, (his grave is at the Booneville Cemetery in Booneville, Dallas County, Iowa; photo provided courtesy of "ZBonnie" at Find A Grave (web site); Memorial #: 15664803) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 10, Flinn Township, Lawrence County, Indiana; Sheet 374, Post Office: Leesville; enumerated on July 18, 1870

    6. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Owen Township, Jackson County, Indiana; Page 36, Supervisor's District 2, Enumeration District 112, Sheet 171; Enumerated on June 24, 1880

    7. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Owen Township, Jackson County, Indiana; Page 37, Supervisor's District 2, Enumeration District 112, Sheet 172A; Enumerated on June 25, 1880

    8. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa, page 196; Roll: IA1885_171

    9. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Boone Township, Dallas County, Iowa, Post Office: Booneville; Roll: IA1915_121