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Allen, John W.

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Allen, John W.
March 09, 2007 02:15PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1885, Hart County.

JOHN W. ALLEN was born in Hanover County, Va., March 17, 1817, and is the
second child and eldest son in a family of nine children, seven of whom
are yet living, born to William and Nancy (Hooper) Allen, both natives of
Virginia, and of English descent. William Allen was engaged in
agricultural pursuits and also in the saw and grist-mill business until
his death, June 30, 1862, in his eighty-fourth year. He was called out
with the Virginia militia during the war of 1812, but was not in active
service. In early life he was not identified with any church, but in his
sixtieth year he and his wife joined the Baptist Church, in which he
afterward officiated as deacon. He was also a member of the old
Washingtonian Society. Mrs. Nancy Allen died in April, 1866, in about her
seventieth year. Her father was one of the prominent and wealthy planters
of the old commonwealth. John W. Allen, at the age of fifteen, commenced
to learn the carpenter's trade and also the millwright's trade with his
uncle, Joseph Hooper, serving an apprenticeship of four years. In his
nineteenth year, in 1836, he came to Kentucky, settling first in Barren
County. In that and neighboring counties he followed his trade for some
forty years, with the exception of about one year, when he was employed in
Louisville. During most of that time he was quite extensively engaged in
agricultural pursuits, purchasing his first farm in Barren County in about
1840, where he still owns a good farm; he also owns three tracts of
partially improved land in Metcalfe County, besides valuable town property
in both Munfordville and Horse Cave. In the fall of 1871 he ceased to
follow his trade, and opened a hotel in Edmonton. After about eighteen
months he removed to Munfordville, Hart County, where he was engaged in
the hotel business continually for nearly ten years. On the night of
November 15, 1883, his hotel building and part of the furniture were
destroyed b fire. Soon afterward he came to Horse Cave, where he bought a
large building near the Louisville & Nashville Railway, and has since
successfully conducted the "Allen House." Mr. Allen was married, March 1,
1838, to Miss Caroline E. Roberts, a native of Barren County, born July
30, 1821. She is a daughter of Drury and Lucy (Richardson) Roberts; the
former a native of Virginia; and the latter of the Green River country, in
Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. Allen have been born ten children, as follows:
Lucy Ann Virginia, now Mrs. Richard Hitch; Henrietta J.; Mary B., widow of
Robert Young; William J.; Drury A.; Sarah Frances; Pauline Belle, now Mrs.
G. D. Pierce; Lizzie Underwoood, now Mrs. Dr. William J. Whitlock; John R.
and an infant not named (deceased). Mr. and Mrs. Allen have been
consistent and devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South
from early life. In politics he is a Democrat.

Allen Hooper Roberts Richardson Hitch Pierce Whitlock Young
Hanover-VA Barren-KY Louisville-Jefferson-KY Edmonton-Metcalfe-KY

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