HI SHIRLEY!I am sorry to be so late with this - had surgery and then bacterial infection - now I am in process of moving to another state!
I heard from the Logan County District Library in Bellefontaine, OH
LOGAN COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY 220 N. MAIN ST. BELLEFONTAINE, OHIO43311-2288
Their letter of April 5, 2010
Dear Jean, We looked for information for you on John Allen.We don't have any newspapers from 1844, and obituaries at that time were scarce, even if we did have a newspaper avilable.
It seems he lived in Miami Township and is buried near some of the earliest settlers in that area (but no one else with the same last name) I've copied a page from the HISTORIC INFORMATION ON VILLAGE OF QUINCY that mentions the people he was buried near (highlighted), so you can can an idea what the area was like.I did not find him in the poll books for 1818, so he probably moved to the area after that.
For information on people who lived in the area that early, you may want to contact the LOGAN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY at email@example.com to see if they may have additonal information.
I hope this is helpful, and I'm sorry we couldn't locate more for you.
Sincerely,Beth Marshall, Reference Assistant additional page:RECORDED HISTORY VILLAGE OF QUINCY
If you will send me your address I can mail both pages to you
my email is:firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course now we know where he is buried by using FIND A GRAVE
Hope you have found other information you need
PS there was a newspaper possibility in 1844: DAILY OHIO STATESMAN
I am sending a small contribution to the Logan Co. Library as a thank you. I always do that.Libraries are on tight budgets these days.