Boyd Crumrine, "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men" (Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882).
Allen Twp. (pp. 643-651)
No lots seem to have been sold by Mr. Baldwin in this new town, and on the 1st of May, 1817, he conveyed seventy-nine acres to Joseph Allen, who, on the 29th of May, 1828, purchased on hundred and seventy-two acres of land of David England (a part of the tract patented by England), adjoining the above. On the 30th of January, 1839, one hundred and twenty-one acres of it was sold by the administrators of Joseph Allen to FRANCIS McKEE, who about 1850 laid out the town of Independence. Lots 55 and 56, on the former of Broadway and Liberty Streets, were sold to Davenport Phillips, Aug. 17, 1852. On the 27th of July, 1853, lot No. 9 was sold to Henry Stimel. The next sale which is recorded is five years later, the deed bearing date Dec. 4, 1858. It was made to Robert Fields, “for and in consideration of the some of twenty cents, (the price of taking me and old Charley across the river and back).” It was designated as lot No. 2, on Water Street. He says in the deed, “The consideration and principal reason for my giving the above described plot of ground is because I thought him a poor, good boy, and hope he may make a rich, good man, never steal, get drunk, swear, or play cards, but be honest and industrious, and it is my desire and design that if Robert should die before he comes to years of twenty-one the lot should go to his sister Liza.” From this time other lots were sold, and in 1865 the name was changed from Independence to Allenport, and a plat filed in the recorder’s office at the county-seat.
The mill property north of the town now owned by George Maxwell was a part of the one hundred and eighty-two acres purchased by Baldwin of Henry Dixon in 1816. He sold seventy-nine acres to Allen, and kept the remainder many years. He built the mill which still retains the name. On the 10th of April, 1832, he sold forty-five acres (the mill property) to Joseph Allen, who conveyed it to Abia Allen on the 29th of June the same year. After keeping it about two years he sold it, Oct. 10, 1834, to William Brightwell, who two years later (Nov. 3, 1836) sold it to Isaiah Frost, by whom it was kept twelve years, and on Jan. 15, 1848, by an article of agreement, it was sold to FRANCIS McKEE, and later his administrator gave therefore a deed. McKee retained it till March 29, 1853, when he sold to James R. Angell. Soon after the purchase by McKee the present mill was erected and called Etma. From this time steam was used, the old mill having used water-power.
The ferry a short distance north of the town was started after the property came into possession of Mr. McKee. On the 13th of September, 1861, he conveyed to Thornton S. Chalfant the land know as the “Ferry Property,” and Chalfant was “to have the entire ferry privilege from the lands of Joseph Krepps down the river shore to the lands of Isaiah Frost’s heirs;” possession was obtained April 1, 1862. the ferry passed through several hands, and in December, 1872, it was sold by Alexander S. Latta to William C. Huggins, who still owns it.