The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 749, Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana. "WILLIAM ALLEN was born in Tippecanoe Township, Pulaski County, Indiana, May 26, 1852, and is one of the eleven children of JEREMIAH and HANNAH (BRELSFORD) ALLEN. WILLIAM worked on the home farm until he was eighteen years old, when he began teaching school; at the conclusion of his first term, he attended the Plymouth (Indiana) High School, the schools at Monterey, Winamac, Star City, and the Northern Indiana Normal School. He gave such satisfaction as teacher that he was employed in one school for twelve consecutive terms. He owns a farm of 104 acres one mile and a half northeast of Monterey, and is chiefly employed in stock-raising for the Chicago market. In June, 1852, he went into partnership with B. F. HAY, and the firm have a commodious building in which they carry on cabinet-making, undertaking, and dealing in furniture, and carry a stock valued at $4,000. This is the only establishment of the kind in the town, and it is contemplated to add agricultural implements to the stock in trade."