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History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
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Vol. I
Cleveland - H. Z. Williams & Bro.
1882
 

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  MARTIN 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 this church.
     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 have.
     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 seventeenth century.
     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.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches Vol I - Publ. Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bro. 1882 - Page 108

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