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NAME: Allen, James W. (m. 1w Susannah Harlan, 2w Mrs. Helen Burman)
OBIT: Garner Leader, Obtained from Kenneth Kothe
James W. Allen was born in Putman County, Indiana, July 8, 1835. He came to Iowa in 1845 with his parents. He was married Sept. 10, 1857 to Susanna Harlan. To this union ten children were born, seven of whom are now living. Mrs. Allen died April 25, 1883. Mr. Allen was again married to Mrs. Helen Burman Nov 11, 1886, who now survives him. He was born of religious parents, his father being a Baptist minister for many years. He himself was converted in early life and lived a beautiful Christion life thereafter, holding the office of deacon for over thirty years. His last years were of intense suffering being an invalid for many years, but always upheld by his strong Christian faith his last moments being spent in prayer and praise, leaving a lasting testimony of faith, hope, and love.
OBIT: Wednesday, June 12, 1918
THE PASSING OF A PIONEER On Saturday at Forest City, a former resident of this county and prominent pioneer settler, James W. Allen, passed away at the ripe age of eighty three years. Mr. Allen came to Franklin county with his parents in 1854. The family settled in the northeastern part of Ingham township, at what became known as Allen's grove, where he grew to manhood's estate. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted in Co H., 15th Iowa Infantry, and was with Sherman on his noted march to the sea. He was discharged at Davenport, Iowa, August 6, 1865, and returned to his home in this county and resided here until about fifteen years ago when he moved to Forest City which has since been his home. His funeral was held at Aredale Monday and burial was made in the Harlan cemetery. E. A. Norton of this city attended the last sad rites.