History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.
William Henry Perrin, ed.
(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)
Allen T. Gard, farmer, P. O. Walnut Prairie, is a native of Licking County, Ohio, born
on 19th of August 1830. His father, Jeremiah Gard, born in Licking Count, Ohio,
March 1806, and spent his entire life in his native state. He married, about 1828,
Miss Rosanna Brown, of same county. The had a family of nine children, of whom Allen
T. is the oldest. The father died
at the old homestead, in Licking County, where his wife still survives him; he died in 1866. Allen T. Gard was raised and educated in the pioneer schools of Licking County, during which time he qualified himself for the position of teacher, which profession he has followed since 1857, without missing a winter, which cannot be said of any other teacher in the county. He was married in Ohio, August 30, 1853, to Miss Martha A. Garner, daughter of Edmund and Susan Garner. She was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, on July 1, 1833. Her father and mother were born in Virginia. The father was born in 1776 and died December 19, 1850. The mother was born in 1795, and died in 1864. Mrs. Gard is the youngest of a family of eleven children of whom four are now living. Mr. Gard came to Illinois and Clark County in 1861, and settled where he how lives on a farm purchased of Joseph Brown, consisting of 120 acres in Section 11 of Melrose Township. His family comprises five children, viz.: Rowena C. Gard, born in Ohio, June 22, 1854, married to Giles Bartlett, of this county; Alexander J. , Born in Ohio July 25, 1858, present Township Collector (1883), also in 1881; Horatio V. Gard, born in Illinois December 30, 1862; Jeremiah Gard, born November 2, 1866; Edmund Gard, born August 4, 1871. They are members of Protestant Methodist
Church. Politics, Democrat and has served his township as Treasurer since 1863, and now serving the third term as Justice of the Peace besides serving as County Coroner for two years, and represented his township on the County Board one year.
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