Joseph L Allen, farmer, residing on section 32, Rural Township, is a son of Esbond and Rebecca (Jones) Allen, who were natives of the states of New York and Virginia respectively. His father came to Mercer County, this State, about 1846, and a year later to this county, settling in Rural Township, where he married and reared his children. His marriage took place Dec. 31, 1848, and he had a family of eight children, namely: Joseph L., James E., Eliza E., Emet S., Lillie E., Mollie A., Minnie E., and Leota M. The subject of this sketch was born in Rural Township, this county, Nov. 7, 1849; was reared to manhood here, and has always lived in this township, engaged in farming. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and in his political principles is a Democrat. He was married in Rock Island, Feb. 20, 1871, to Ellen Kelly, who was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 22, 1850. They have seven children, viz: May R.C., Katie T., Edward J., Bernard A., Anna G., Clara C., and Raymond J.