Biography reproduced from page 520 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884: George C. Allen was born near Plattesburg, Clinton Co., N. Y., in 1832. When two years of age he went to La Salle Co., Ill., with his parents, Ethan Z. and Lydia S. Allen. His parents still reside in Freedom, La Salle county. He enlisted Aug. 5, 1862, in company G, 129th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was in the service three years and participated in the following battles: Resaca, New Hope Church, Lost Mountain, Pumpkin Vine Creek, Burnt Hickory, Peach Tree Creek, etc. He was mustered out at Washington, D. C., and returned to Illinois. Mr. Allen married July 3, 1854, Martha C. Larkin, of La Salle Co., Ill. They have had ten children, seven of whom are living—Frank E., Nora M., Scott M., Grace L., George C., Milfred J. and Milton E. Mr. Allen is a republican, and has been school director of his district. He is a Mason, and a member of Blue Lodge. He came to Kossuth county in 1865, settling on the north half of the northwest quarter, and the north half of the southwest quarter of section 36. He has 160 acres of land.