THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  MRS. MARY (ROOT) ALLEN, a resident of the village of Morrisville and widow of the late John S. Allen, was born in the town of Eaton, Madison County, N.Y. Her father, Chauncey Root, was a native of the town of Greene, Chenango County; and his father, Joshua Root, was, it is supposed, born in Connecticut, and emigrated from that State to the State of New York, being one of the early pioneers of the town of Greene. He secured a tract of timber land, on which he erected a log house, cleared his farm from the wilderness, and resided thereon for a number of years, then removed to Oxford, where he spent his last days. The maiden name of his wife was Mehitable Belden, and by her he reared a family of seven children.
  Chauncey Root, father of Mrs. Allen, when eleven years of age removed to Eaton to live with Daniel Hatch, residing with him until he was about fifteen. Soon afterward he began to learn the carpenter's trade, and followed it a number of years. At the time of his marriage he located on a farm in the town of Eaton, it having been inherited by his wife; and this he occupied until 1850, when he removed to Morrisville, where he purchased a home. Here he also bought a sawmill, which he operated for a few years. The last years of his life he lived retired, and died August 4, 1884, at the age of eighty-four.
  The maiden name of his wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was Betsy Pitts. She was born in Cranston, R.I., and was a daughter of Rufus Pitts, a native of the same locality. For a number of years he followed the sea, but in 1802, together with his wife and four children, came to the State of New York, making the journey with teams, and purchased a tract of land in what is now the town of Eaton. At that time the town was very sparsely settled, and of course but little improved. In removing to the village of Morrisville, they followed a trail marked by blazed trees. Upon the farm he selected he and his wife spent the remainder of their days, engaged in improving the land and in rearing their family. The maiden name of his wife was Waitie Joy. She was also a native of Rhode Island.
  Mrs. Allen was the only child of Chauncey and Betsy (Pitts) Root, and was married to John S. Allen at the age of twenty-two. The latter was born in the town of Willet, Cortland County, N.Y., and was a son of Horace Allen, an early settler of that town, who followed farming there for a number of years, but spent the latter part of his life in Chenango County. The maiden name of his wife was Elizabeth Wheeler. When eleven years of age, John S. Allen went to Cincinnatus, Cortland County, and made his home for a few years with Ray Cole, a farmer. He then removed to Madison County, where he was employed in woollen mills for a time, and after his marriage engaged in farming, which occupation he continued to follow till his death, which occurred September 8, 1870. He was a member of the Baptist church, as were also Mrs. Allen and her parents. Mrs. Allen is a lady of estimable character, strong in her convictions of right and duty, and in every way a woman worthy of honor and respect.

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