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Born in New York on November 5, 1811 and by June 1818 the Allen family “by wagon went to the Ohio river where a flat boat was built and loaded their goods.  In it they went down the Ohio to the Wabash and up the Wabash to where Terre Haute is now situated and entered land in what is now within the present limits of Terre Haute, Ind.”1 The family lived in the house that their father built from the lumber used for the boat.

On December 28, 1836 in Vigo County, Indiana Peter married Mary Rowena Hoskins.  Within a few years they moved to Arkansas. In 1840 they were in Sevier county and by 1850 they were in Polk County, Arkansas where much of the family remained.

Peter and Mary had nine (9) children: Augustus A., Henry Clay or Cromwell, Nathaniel Orrin, Peter Buell, Mary Adaline Little, Charles Edward Francis, Martha E., Dewitt C, and Philena Josephine Hays.  Peter’s middle name is sometimes listed as Buell, like his father and his son, and sometimes as Benton.1  At the age of 89 years Peter died in Cove, Polk, Arkansas and is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


Peter was my biological 3rd great grandfather on my father’s side.

  1. Haden, Kay. “Moses Allen – His Ancestors and Descendants.” RootsWeb: Freepages. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~katy/allen/index.html (accessed June 27, 2014).

No Story Too Small offered a challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. 
Each of my posts for this challenge will include in the title “52 Ancestors Challenge” and will have the tag of 52Ancestors.