Anthony J. Allen
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
ANTHONY J. ALLEN, whose ninety acres of fine land lie in Franklin township, is one of the well known and representative agriculturists of this section. He was born in York county, Pa., July 24, 1843, and is a son of Edmund K. and Alice (Harkins) Allen.
Edmund K. Allen was born in York county, his people having been early settlers in Pennsylvania, probably of English extraction, and he spent his entire life in his native section, where he followed agricultural pursuits. He married Alice Harkins, who was born in Hartford county, Md., and she also died in York county. They had the following children: Anthony T., William L., Robert F., Thomas H., Joseph L., Hannah and Martha Jane. Hannah married Joseph Strawbridge and Martha Jane married Charles Robinson. The parents of the above children were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Anthony J. Allen attended the district schools near his fathers farm and afterward was a student for one year in the Stewartstown Academy, York county, and for several succeeding years was mainly engaged in teaching school, both in Pennsylvania and Maryland. After learning the miller's trade he followed that for some four years and in 1876 came to Shelby county, settling first in Washington township. Mr. Allen remained in that township for eight years and then took advantage of a favorable offer and sold his property there and came to Franklin township and bought his present farm from Joseph Barnes, it being locally known as the William Reed farm. Here Mr. Allen has prospered both as a farmer and as a dairyman. He maintains his dairy with Holstein cattle and operates a milk route, sending his wagon to Sidney daily and disposing to regular customers twenty gallons of rich milk. He raises other good stock but not more in quantity than he requires for his own use.
Mr. Allen was married first in 1865, to Miss Eleanor Gorsuch, a daughter of Stephen Gorsuch, who moved with his family from Maryland to Ohio. To this marriage the following children were born: Martha Jane, who is the widow of Frank Fee; Anna Bell, who is the wife of John Yinger and they have two children; Elmer LeRoy and Neva May; Elva May, who is the wife of Thomas White and they have three children: Norma Allen, Mary Lee and Ruth Annabel; Nora B., who is the wife of Walter Brandenberg, and they have one son, Stanley Allen; Bertha Pearl, who is the wife of Roy Allton, and they have one daughter, Evaline Lois; and Minnie, who is the wife of Frank Pfaadt, and they have one child, Martha Elizabeth. In 1887 Mr. Allen was married to Miss Laura E. Davis, a daughter of Hiram and Emeline (Trine) Davis, and they have two children: Lyman Davis, who married Kate Frazier; and Vera. Mr. Allen and family belong to the Methodist Episcopal church in which he is a local preacher. He has long been active and deeply interested in religious work and is additionally serving as church trustee, class leader and district steward. In politics Mr. Alien has always been in sympathy with the principles of the republican party.