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Source: Peg Spencer, 12 November 2006

Asa Alen came from a long line of cabinetmakers. His great grandfather, Robert Allen, came to America from Ireland, as an indentured cabinetmaker and advanced to a master cabinetmaker. His grandfather, John Rhodum "Rhody" Allen, learned cabinetmaking from his father and taught the trade to his sons. Asa Allen's father was a cabinetmaker, and he taught the trade to Asa Allen and his brothers.

Asa Allen was the son of Theophilus and Elizabeth Allen and the brother of Mahala Allen Askew. He was born on 13 August 1800 in Sumner County, Tennessee and died in 1875 or 1876 in Kinderhook, Pike County, Illinois. He married first Abigail Campbell, daughter of William Campbell, on 18 July 1822 in Ohio County, Kentucky. She was born on 11 November 1800 in Virginia or Kentucky and died in 1851 in Pike County, Illinois. She may have died in childbirth. Both Asa and Abigail were buried in Starkey Cemetery, Salem Twp., Pike County, Illinois.

Asa Allen moved with his father, Theophilus Allen, and siblings from Sumner County, TN to Caney Creek, Allen County, Kentucky and built a cabin next to his father's there in Caney Creek.

Theophilus Allen was in poor health and died before November 1833, when son William George Allen declared him intestate. Theophilus Allen's estate was sold for debts, and many of his children moved on to Illinois.

Asa Allen and family came to Illinois in Oct 1844, joining siblings Mahala Allen Askew, William George Allen, and Isaac Allen in Pike and Adams Counties. Asa Allen owned slaves in Ohio County, Kentucky, and probably sold them before departing Kentucky.

He was a farmer and a carpenter. In 1860, he was living with his daughter, Amelia "Rebecca" Bowman in Fish Hook. In 1870, he was a carpenter living in Kinderhook and remarried.

Asa and Abigail Allen had eleven children: Clarissa Ann, Alfred Bryant, Elizabeth, Martha, Amelia Rebecca, Logan Walker, William Leach (died young), Paulina A., Nathan Watson, Parthenia Cornelia, Andrew Campbell, and an infant who died before 1852. All of these children, except Andrew Campbell Allen, were born in Ohio County, Kentucky.

Clarissa Ann Allen was born 21 Sep 1823 in Ohio County, KY. She married Alexander David on 19 Jan 1843 in Ohio Co., KY. She died in 1849 in Pike County, Illinois and was buried with her parents in Starkey Cemetery, Pike County, Illinois. She had no known children.

Alfred Bryant Allen was born 14 Sep 1825 in Ohio County, KY and died 10 Mar 1903 in Baylis, Pike County, IL. He married his cousin, Emily Ann Francis Allen on 16 Jan 1846 in Pike County, Illinois. She was born 2 August 1828 (family bible) or 26 August 1829 (gravestone) in Sumner County, TN and died 27 November 1903 in Baylis, Pike County, Illinois. Both Alfred and Emily Allen were buried in Baylis Cemetery, Baylis, Pike County, IL. They built the biggest barn in Pike County, IL. Alfred and Emily Allen had twelve children: Cornelia A., Benjamin Deroe, George W., John Bryant, William W., Alice, Matthew Nathan, Asa Jr., Richard H., Thomas Joseph, Emaline, Charles F., and Rebecca Allen.

Elizabeth Allen was born 28 Sep 1827 in Ohio County, Kentucky and died 29 Jan 1906 in Valley City, Johnson County, MO. She was buried In Wampler Cemetery, Johnson County, MO. She want back to Marion County, IND to care for her uncle, Andrew Campbell, and there she met and married, in 1852, James Orren or Owen Graves, a widower with three daughters. He was born in 1813 in New York and died on 4 July 1870 in Johnson County, MO. James and Elizabeth Graves had three children: Rosina, William Levi, and Stephen A. Douglas Graves.

Martha Allen was born 18 Sep 1829 in Ohio County, Kentucky and died before 1870 in Pike County, Illinois. She married Homer Virgil Harris, son of Dr. William Paul Harris and Sarah Riley, on 15 May 1851 in Pike County, Illinois. Homer was born in 1822 in Herkimer County, New York and died after 1880 in Pike County, Illinois. Homer and Martha Harris had two children: Alice and Virgil Homer Harris.

Amelia Rebecca Allen, known as Rebecca, was born 27 Jun 1831 in Ohio County, KY and died 2 Aug 1878 in Fish Hook, Pike County, Illinois. She was buried in Baylis Cemetery, Baylis, Pike County, Illinois. She married William Green Bowman, son of William G. Bowman and Nancy T. Parker, on 9 Jun 1849 in Pike County, Illinois. He was born 25 Apr 1827 in Kentucky and died 10 Jun 1908 in Pike County, Illinois. He was buried in Baylis Cemetery. William Green and Amelia "Rebecca" Bowman had nine children: George W., John F., Sarah Elizabeth, Martha Jane, Nathan Allen, Alfred Benton, Emma A., Charles E., and William Fredrick Bowman.

Logan Walker Allen was born 18 Jan 1834 in Ohio County, Kentucky and died in 1879 in Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois. He married Arminta Fessler, daughter of Henry Fessler and Elizabeth Landrum, on 10 Mar 1884 in Pike County, Illinois. Logan was a Civil War hero. Both Logan and Arminta Allen were buried in Griggsville Cemetery, Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois. Logan and Arminta had two daughters: Ida May and Abigail L. Allen.

William Leach Allen was born 5 Mar 1837 in Ohio County, KY and died before 1850.

Paulina A. Allen was born on 9 Oct 1841 in Ohio County, KY and died after 1891 in Pike County, Illinois or Johnson County, MO. She married Robert "Henry" Kinman, son of Nathan Kinman and Eliza Caldwell, on 18 Feb 1864 in Pike County, Illinois. He was born in 1844 in Illinois and died in Johnson County, MO. Henry and Paulina had four children: Minnie, Fredrick, Mary and Horace Kinman.

Nathan Watson Allen was born 5 Jan 1842 in Ohio Co., KY and died in Mitchell County, Kansas. He married Clarinda “Clara” Culp, daughter of Daniel Culp, on 20 Jan 1867; Adams Co., IL. She was born about 1845; IL and died after 1886 in Mitchell County, Kansas. Nathan and Clara Allen had: Emma Dora, Charles William, Nettie Lorena, Myrtle A., Effie May, Minnie Maud, Blanche, Alpha Pearl, and Mark Miles Allen.

Parthenia Cornelia Allen was born 29 May 1844 in Ohio Co., KY and died after 1891 in Pike County, IL. She married Freeman Van Dyke on 31 Mar 1864 in Adams Co., IL. They had one child, unnamed in the census.

Andrew Campbell Allen was born 6 Feb 1847 in Pike Co., IL and died after 1903 in Baylis, Pike Co., IL. He was buried in Baylis Cemetery, Baylis, Pike Co., IL. Andrew Allen married Catherine Ellen Scouton/Scanlan, daughter of Charles and Rebecca Scanlan, on 13 Jan 1875 in Pike Co., IL. She was born about 1853 in Fairmount Twp., Pike Co., IL. Andrew and Catherine Allen had one son, William Allen, born in 1876 in Pike Co., IL. They were divorced by 1880. She was listed as a widow, living with her parents and son, William Allen (b. 1876) in 1880 Census. Andrew was listed as divorced, living with parents in 1880 Census in Fairmount Twp., Pike Co., IL, living with brother Alfred Bryant Allen and family.

A twelfth child died in infancy by 1851. Abigail may have died birthing this child.

After Abigail's death, Asa Allen married Mary E. Webb on 10 November 1864 in Pike County, Illinois. She was born in 1840 in Illinois and died after 1891. Asa and Mary Allen had four children: Elizabeth, Asa, Frank, and Theophilus Len Allen: all born in Pike County, Illinois.

One mystery: Elizabeth Allen was born in 1860 and listed in the 1870 census with surname Allen. She was either a daughter of Asa Allen's brother, Isaac Allen, or he had another marriage prior to Mary Webb, which was not recorded, or this was Mary's daughter by a prior marriage.

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