|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1916|
Per death record:
Aged 73 years, 7 months, 7 days.
After a fight of more than a year against the ravages of cancer of the throat, Ex-Sheriff Truman C. Allen passed away at the Burlington Hospital. Mr. Allen was 73 years of age and spent the greater part of his life in Oquawka. He was born in Genesee County, New York, Jan 4, 1843 and moved with his parents to Indiana when a small lad. His mother died shortly thereafter and he was reared by a family neamed McEntarfer living in Steuben County, Ind.
August 12th, 1861 he enlisted in Co. G. 30th Ind. Inf. and served three years participating in the battles of Stone River, Chicamaugua, Lookout Mountain, Missionary, Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy. He was honorable discharged in Oct. 1864.
In 1866 Mr. Allen came to Henderson County locating at Oquawka working as a farm hand and afterwards conducting a billiard hall. Later he entered the sheriff' office as deputy which position he filled until 1886 when he was elected sheriff of the county. After serving four years, he took a trip to California where he remained for about eight months. On his return he embarked in the mercantile business in Oquawka as a partner of John McFarland.
In 1894 he was again elected sheriff for four years and 1902 was elected for the third time, his terms of service in this office thus covering 12 years. Since 1906 when he retired from that office, he engaged in various lines of business in Oquawka. Mr. Allen was married in 1865 to Miss Laura McFarland of Oquawka who died about a year later. In 1891 he married Mollie Macklin, who with two daughtersöMrs. Lee Gordon of Keithsburg and Miss Rhea Allen at home) survive him. Funeral services were conducted at the home with interment in the Oquawka Cemetery.
Stronghurst Graphic, Sept. 14, 1916
Biographical information courtesy of Find A Grave contributor No Reins.
Laura A McFarland Allen (1856 - 1876)*
Johnie Allen (____ - 1876)*
Co.G 30 IND. Inf. FLT 100 F
Plot: 165 West Addition
Created by: Ron Chapin
Record added: Aug 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95006411