THOMAS F. ALLEN is a native of Washington county, Penn., having been born November 7, 1827 in South Strabane township. He is a son of John and Mary (McClellan) Allen, both natives of Pennsylvania, who were married in 1819 in Washington county. Of the six children born to them, two are now living, namely: Mary J. and Thomas F.; Nancy died December 12, 1892. Grandfather Allen was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and afterward followed farming. He was a highly respected citizen of the community. He died in 1826, in this county, having been preceded by his wife some years.
Thomas F. Allen was reared on the home farm in South Strabane township. He received a common business education in the country schools, and on April 12, 1854, was united in marriage with Nancy A. Hill, who was born in 1830, daughter of David and Eliza Hill, early settlers of Washington county. The following children were born to this union: Lizzie J. (wife of David Hamilton, a farmer of North Strabane township), Mary (married to William Emery, a farmer of Washington county), Anna B. (living at home), John T. (residing on the home farm), Robert W. (living with his parents) and Johnnie (deceased). In 1862 Mr. Allen embarked in mercantile business at Clokey, Washington county, in which he continued until 1865. He then moved to Searight's, Fayette Co., Penn., and sold goods there two years, when he disposed of his stock and came to Washington borough, where he resided one year, and in the spring of 1868 bought the place where he carried on farming and stock raising until September, 1892, when he moved into the borough of Washington. Mr. Allen has always taken an active interest in the questions of public moment; in politics he is a Democrat, and has been school director for three years. He is a successful business man, and owns a farm of 188 acres of good land. Mrs. Allen is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Text taken from page 648 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
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