Goodspeed’s History of Southeast Missouri, Wayne County, p. 1119


John G. Allen first saw the light of day in Jackson County, Tenn., and is the son of William and Martha (Dodson) Allen. The father was also born in Jackson County, where he lived and married, but shortly afterward removed to the western part of the State, where he resided until coming to Wayne County, Mo., in 1885. Here he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He took part in the late war as a private under Benjamin Holmes, but before he received his discharge, died of dropsy at Schnider's Bluff, Ark. His widow is still living in this county, and enjoying good health at the age of sixty. They had eight children, five boys and three girls, six of them now living: John G., Martha, James W., Louis J., Charles P., and Elias. Mr. John Allen was married for the first time on Aprile 12, 1871, to Martha E. Eads, and had one child, now living, Charles H. He was married again November 22, 1874, to Matilda Odell, a widow with one child, Mary Lucinda Odell. By the latter union there are four children, Viola, John Thomas, Laura H., and an infant. In his boyhood days the country was not much settled, and educational advantages were very limited, and Mr. Allen only went to school about four months after he reached manhood, but was taught at home and has a good education. He principally occupied his time at farming, though giving his attention some to photography and blacksmithing. He and Mrs. Allen are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Allen is a member of the Farmers' Alliance and Union League. His farm consists of eighty-one acres of land, forty under cultivation, upon which is a fine orchard consisting of a variety of fruits.