looking for Frank Allen, father of William J. Allen.
William J. Allen was a great liar. He said he was born both in Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL (in 1859) and in Grananda, MS (in 1853). William said his father was from both New York and Virginia and his mother, Mary Hamilton, was from both Mississippi and VA. I have a picture of William as a boy taken about 1860 in Easton, PA. He was probably raised by the Murphy family who were from IL. He called the two Murphy girls, Anna and Lida, his sisters (I have pictures of them). I think he may have been orphaned during the Civil War.
William J. Allen lived a wild life, as a fireman and police officer in mining towns in CO and Alaska. He died in Orting, Pierce, Washington in 1941 at the Old Soldiers Home (he had to lie to get in there).