Looking for anyone who might have information on John Allen, b. abt. 15 Jul 1817 in New York; Census says 1822 and 1820 as birth dates. He and his brother were suppose to have worked on the Erie Canal Project, though that hasn't been proved. He came to Adams Co., IL before 1850.
Mother's name was Jane, also born in New York; she died in Adams Co., Il in 1870 and was buried on the family homestead- Allen Family Cemetery.
John married twice: (1) Lavinia Kinman, daughter of Sims Kinman and Sally Adams; (2) Susanna Inman, dauther of Belora & Rachel Inman. He had seven children, four of which lived to adulthood: (1) Theresa Melissa Allen, (2) Stephen David Allen, (3) Rachel Allen, and (4) Ethan Allen.
John had a brother, Alfred David Allen, b. 1 Apr 1825 in New York, who settled in Pike Co., IL. He was married to Elizabeth Loper. They had eleven children, eight of whom lived to adulthood: (1)Helen Augusta Allen (first marriage); (2) Lyman Jerod Allen, (3) Emma Jane Allen, (4) Everetta Ann Allen; (5) Thomas Benton Allen; (6) Minnie Mae Allen; (7) John Alfred Allen, and (8) Effie Mae Allen .