James Allen and George Allen I & II
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James Allen was born circa 1780-1790 and is thought to be either illegitimate or stolen.
He stood 6'5" and 36 inches across the shoulders, was a coachman for Queen Victoria,
and a noteworthy wrestler. After his service to the queen he became a tenant farmer and
established the family home at Knightly Hall, Gnosall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England.
James' son George served in the English Cavalry. Later, he was a breeder and shower
of Shropshire sheep and Bates shorthorn cattle. He immigrated to Montreal from Liverpool
on a freighter in November 1879 and eventually settled in Allerton, IL, where the Allens
were a noteworthy family there.
George Allen II also bred and showed cattle. His first US show was at a fair in St. Louis
in 1871. He and his wife immigrated with his father's family. They built a large house in
Dawson County, outside of Lexington, Nebraska in 1904.
Most of the Allen documentation has been drawn from The Allen Family by Cecil Allen
Westfield (privately published in 1983) and from records accumulated by Florence Johnson
Kring of Lexington, NE.