History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
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Cleveland - H. Z. Williams & Bro.
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ALLEN was born in Windham, Connecticut, on the 25th day of
August, 1807. His early days were spent in farm labor and
attending the common schools. Having decided upon the study of
medicine, after his common school education was completed, he
attended Plainfield academy for a while with a view of training
himself, by a thorough preparatory course, for the career he had
marked out. After teaching for a time he at length decided that a
professional life would not suit him, and resolved to devote himself
thenceforth to farming. About this time he determined to make
his home in the West, and in 1829 came to Ellsworth township and
located upon the farm which he still occupies. After his
arrival here he continued teaching for several years, following the
usual custom of district school-teachers, of teaching during the
winter months and farming in summer. Those of his pupils now
residing in the neighborhood are unanimous in their testimony as to
his popularity and worth as an instructor.
March 21, 1832, Mr. Allen married Miss Lucy
M. Fitch, of Ellsworth township - a union which has resulted in
a long and happy married life and the rearing of a large family.
Mr. Allen, by economy and enterprise has prospered
abundantly, and is now the owner of a pleasant home, a well selected
library, and a large, well cultivated farm. His home is
beautifully situated, and its surroundings afford evidence of the
care and taste of its owner.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen both united with the
Presbyterian church about the same time (1843) and have ever
remained constant, faithful members. For many years Mr.
Allen has been a ruling elder and one of the main supporters of
Martin Allen is a man of cultivated tastes and
of more than ordinary ability. The friends of the family are
many, and in simple justice it should be stated few men enjoy the
respect of their fellow-citizens in as high a degree as Mr.
Allen. Modest and unassuming he has always refrained from
seeking notoriety of any kind, much preferring the pleasures of home
life and the enjoyment of the rewards of industry and social
kindness. A contented mind, and a heart filled with a spirit
of Christian resignation are in deed the greatest boons a man can
Mr. Allen was the third son and the fourth child
of Enoch and Betsey (Witter) Allen, who were married in 1794.
They had five children: Asa Witter, born 1795; John,
1797; Eliza (died young; Martin, 1807; and David,
1809. Enoch Allen was born in Windham, Connecticut, May
23, 1768. His father, Asahel Allen, was born in the
same place in the year 1742. The Allen family were
among the earliest of the New England colonists. Martin
Allen is a direct descendant of Samuel and Ann Allen, of
Bridgewater, Somersetshire, England, who located at Braintree,
Massachusetts, ten miles south of Boston, in the early part of the
to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Allen have been born
twelve children, of whom eight are now living. The names of
the survivors are as follows: Lloyd, born July 14,
1833, married Fannie M. Lloyd, born July 14, 1833, married
Fannie M. Beardsley, resides in Ellsworth; Mary Eliza,
born August 26, 1837, married Robert A. Kirk, Canton, Ohio;
Jesse Fitch, born Aug. 13, 1841, unmarried, at home;
Chester, born Feb. 1, 1843, married Fannie M. Coit, in
Ellsworth; William Hoyt, born Jan. 3, 1845, married Ella
Brooke, Ellsworth; Henry Bingham, born Apr. 26, 1847,
married Emma R. Weaver, Salem, Columbiana county; Lucy A.,
born Nov. 5, 1848, at home. Jettie W., born Apr. 6,
1851, at home; Enoch, Enoch Fitch, Betsey Ann, and an
infant son are decreased.
History of Trumbull & Mahoning
with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
Vol I -
Publ. Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. 1882 - Page 108