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History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Allen Hurst, farmer, P. O. Auburn, son of Nicholas and Harriet Hurst, was born November 25, 1852, in Clark County, Ill, and received the elements of an English education in the common schools of Auburn Township.  He was married January 23, 1873, in Dolson Township, to Miss Nancy Johnson, daughter of Abram and Mary Johnson.  She was born in Dolson Township, July
21, 1855.  Mr. A. Hurst is one of the most reliable men in the county, and is held in high esteem for his upright walk and temperate habits.  He has a farm of eighty acres of land in Auburn Township, and for several years has served the township as Constable.   His family consists of three children, viz:  John Hurst, born August 5, 1876; Nicholas, born April 1878; Harriet, born February 4, 1882.  Nicholas Hurst, father of Allen, was born in Kentucky, February 23, 1818.  He came to this State in 1832, and lived for a short time in Edgar County from where he came to this county.  He is a man in whom has been placed a vast degree of public trust, having filled the offices of Associate Judge, County Sheriff and two terms as County Treasurer.  For the past twenty years, he has been in the office of Justice of the Peace; has been three times married, in each case raising a family. His first wife was Harriet Craig, who died April 4, 1856.  The second wife was Sarah J. Rains, who died October 1, 1864.  Present wife is Nancy Harner, to whom he was married April 1, 1867.

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