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JOSEPH ALEXANDER ALLEN was born in Penn’s valley, Centre county, Pennsylvania, May 24, 1809, and is a son of Joseph Allen, a native of Ireland, who immigrated to this country in 1785 and married Mary Biggs, a native of England. Seven children were born to them: James, deceased; Robert, deceased; Joseph Alexander; William, deceased; Polly, deceased wife of Patrick Davidson; Nancy, deceased wife of Jesse Carroll, and Margaret, deceased wife of James Osborn. Joseph Allen, Sr., died in 1824, his widow surviving him twenty-six years. He was a tanner by trade, but after coming to Venango county engaged in farming. Our subject obtained a limited education in the schools of his native township and was brought up to farm labor. He was united in marriage in 1836 to Miss Sarah Coleman, who died in 1845 leaving three children: Joshua Coleman; Mary Jane, who married J. Wesley Henderson, and John Munson. Mr. Allen married for his second wife Juliet, daughter of Judge McKee, who died in 1848, having borne to him one child who lived about six months. He was again married in 1850 to Caroline Cossett, daughter of Doctor Coulter, who is the mother of five children; Juliet Achsah, wife of Milton Glenn; Martha Ann, wife of John Williams; Cyrus Glenn; Sarah Caroline, and William Elliott. Mr. Allen has been a member of Amity Presbyterian church for fifty-six years, and for fifty-one years of that time a ruling elder. He was elected and served as captain First company Seventy-Eighth regiment of militia, from 1842, being commissioned by Governor D.R. Porter. Mr. Allen is a stanch Republican in politics, has always taken a leading part in school interests and progress in his community, and has been prominently identified with the material development of the county.