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George A. Allen (1835-1920)
Son of Samuel and Julia Ann (Bicken) Allen.

Biography. - Added Nov., 2007.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan
1892: Portrait Publishing Company, Chicago

GEORGE A. ALLEN.
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The gentleman whose portrait appears on the opposite page, is engage in the real-estate and insurance business in West Bay City, having his office in the Allen Block. He was born in Independence Township, Macomb County, this State, January 4, 1835, and is the son of Samuel C. Allen, one of the pioneer physicians and surgeons of that vicinity. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Miss Julia Ann Bicken, and was a native of Pennsylvania, where Samuel Allen was also born.

When our subject was ten years of age he was brought by his parents to Oakland County, this State, they making settlement in Clarkston, where the father continued his practice for a number of years. Just prior to is death, however, he removed to Byron, Shiawassee County, and there passed from this life in 1866. The mother died in 1861.

George A. Allen received an excellent education and in 1859 went South to Mississippi and was engaged in keeping books for Stewart & Pratt. At the breaking out of the war he returned to Michigan, and enlisted in Company A, Tenth Michigan Infantry. In April, 1862, he accompanied his regiment as Quartermaster Sergeant to Pittsburg Landing, where they rendezvoused after that battle, and then marched to Corinth. They were engaged all the way in skirmishes with the enemy, and upon reaching that city, participated in the important battle of Corinth. They then returned to Nashville, where our subject received the commission of Second Lieutenant of Company C.

With his regiment our subject participated in the following named battles: The six-day’s fight at Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and marched with Sherman to the sea, taking part in all the battles of that memorable expedition. He was mustered out after Lee’s surrender while his regiment was en route to Washington, having served during almost the entire period of the war. His loyalty and bravery were rewarded, and he served as acting Captain, acting Quartermaster, and on some expeditions was Brigade Quartermaster. At one time his regiment was under fire for three months.

On returning to the pursuits of peace, Mr. Allen engaged in the dry-goods business in Detroit for one year, and in 1866 came to West Bay City when Midland Street had not yet been grubbed out, and when hunting was splendid across the street from his place of business, which is now in the center of the city. On establishing in business in West Bay City, he entered into partnership with Col. N. Clark, the firm name being Clark & Allen. They continued thus for some time until W. F. Hicks, brother-in-law of our subject, bought out Mr. Clark’s interest, and the style was changed to Allen & Hicks. A brother of Mr. Allen purchased Mr. Hicks’ interest, and the firm name was again changed to Allen Bros., when our subject bought out his brother’s interest and continued to manage affairs alone.

Mr. Allen disposed of his dry goods interests in 1874, to H. & H. S. Lewis. In about 1880 he bought a three-story brick block on Midland Street, between River and Linn Streets, and there he had his office ever since. He represents ten companies in the insurance business, and is the oldest insurance agent in West Bay City. He owns a considerable amount of land here, also other houses and lots in different parts of the city, beside his beautiful home on the corner of Raymond Avenue and John Streets.

November 15, 1865, Mr. Allen was married to Miss Emma M. Hicks, of Southfield Center, Mich., and to them have been born four children, namely: Chalmers P., who is a successful druggist in West Bay City; Allena, Hicks and George. Mrs. Allen is a lady of refinement and culture, and numbers among her friends the best residents in the city.

Our subject has been Township Clerk, City Treasurer, and is now Alderman of the Sixth Ward, having held that office for some time. Socially he is a member of Wenona Lodge No. 256, F. & A. M., having been a Mason before he went into the army, and is identified with Blanchard Chapter and Bay City Council. He was organizer of the Grand Army Post in West Bay City, which he name in honor of his old Major, Henry S. Burnett, who was shot in the siege of Atlanta. An influential and active member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church, he has been Elder there for many years, and is well and favorably known throughout Bay County as a man of unimpeachable integrity and honor.

Obituary. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Jan., 2008.

Bay City Tribune - Monday, June 07,1920 (Page 1)

George A. Allen Dies At His Home
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Had Been a Resident of West Side 54 years:
Veteran of Civil War
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George A. Allen, a resident of the west side since 1866, died at his home, 200 Raymond avenue south, Sunday, after an illness of several months.

Mr. Allen was born in Macomb county, Mich. May 14,1835. His parents later moved to Clarkston, where he spent his early years. When the war of the rebellion broke out Mr. Allen lived in Mississippi and to escape being conscripted into the southern army he returned north and in the fall of 1861 enlisted in Co. A Tenth Michigan Infantry as a private. His regiment went into camp at Flint until spring and was then sent to Pittsburg Landing, Miss. and he was with the regiment during the fighting around and the taking of Corinth, Miss. After which he was sent to Nashville, Tenn., where Mr. Allen was commissioned second lieutenant, March 31,1863. Later he took part in Sherman’s march to the sea and while meeting several narrow escapes, once having his horse shot from under him, he went through the war without a wound and was mustered out June 09,1865. After his service in the army he lived in Detroit for a year and then came to what was then “Wenona” and engaged in the mercantile business several years, later selling out to engage in the insurance and real estate business.

During his residence on the west side he held several public offices, was a member of the council and of the board of education.

Mr. Allen was married to Emma Hicks, of Southfield ,Mich. who survives him. He is also survived by two sons Capt. Hicks Allen of Miami, Fla. and George X., of this city and one daughter, Mrs. Harry J. Walsh, of this city. The funeral will be held from the home at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Additional Notes.

  • 1867 - George A. Allen was witness to the marriage Newcomb Clark and Ellen Chambers on April 24, 1867, at Wenona.

    1881 - Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Allen, George A. - Insurance & Real Estate Agent, 126 Midland, res s w cor Raymond ave and John, 2d ward.
Reference Notes & Pages

George A. Allen

Burial: Elm Lawn Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI.
Related Pages:
Civil War, Bay Co.
Clark, Newcomb Co.
People Referenced
Allen, Allena (dau.)
Allen, Chalmers P. (son)
Allen, George X. (son)
Allen, Hicks (son)
Allen, Samuel C. (father)
Bicken, Julia Ann (mother)
Burnett, Henry S. Major
Chambers, Ellen
Clark, Newcomb Col.
Hicks, Emma M. (wife)
Hicks, W.F.
Sherman, Gen.
Walsh, Harry J.
Subjects Referenced
Allen Block
Allen Bros.
Allen & Hicks
Civil War:
- Alanta
- Co. A, 10th MI Inf.
- Chattanooga
- Chickamauga
- Corinth, MS
- Lookout Mountain
- Mission Ridge
- Murfreesboro
- Nashville, TN
- Pittsburg Landing, MS
Clark & Allen
Clarkston, MI
Detroit, MI
H.&H.S. Lewis
Independence Twp., MI
Macomb Co., MI
Miami, FL
Mississippi
Oakland Co., MI
Shiawassee Co., MI
Southfield Center, MI
Stewart & Pratt
Wenona, MI
West Bay City, MI
Westminister Pres. Ch.
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