James L. ALLEN was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania September 11, 1826, to James L. ALLEN (born at Baltimore) and James (this could be a misprint) (KILGORE) Allen. He married Sarah Ellen FRAZER of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania March, 1849. He moved to Missouri in 1857, settled at Oregon and sold goods, which occupation he followed until 1869.

In 1871, he moved to a farm he created out of wild land one mile north of Oregon. The farm is 160 acres of choice land of which 20 acres are in choice varieties of fruit. The residence is large, there is an abundant supply of water; and one of the finest hedges in the county. Mr. Allen is one of the old, original Republicans and voted for Fremont for president in 1856.

Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.