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ADAM ALLINSON, JR., is a prominent farmer and stock raiser on section 32, township 15, range 11, and that he has been successful, the surroundings of his beautiful place are ample evidence. His house, which is large, well arranged and architecturally perfect, is located on an elevation of land that commands a magnificent view of the surrounding country. The house is encircled by fine, large evergreens and the whole place indicates that the man who owns it has a love for the beautiful.

Mr. Allinson's farm has reached a high state of cultivation and is counted as one of the best in Morgan County. He owns a block of 500 acres nearly all of which is tillable, and is one of those places peculiarly adapted to stock raising. He constantly feeds a large amount of stock for the market, and takes great pride in raising fine cattle. Mr. Allinson was born in this county, June 20, 1834. His father, Adam Allinson, was a native of Yorkshire, England, and came from a good English family. He was a veterinarian. Adam Allinson, Sr., came to America with his parents in 1820, and first located in Indiana. His father died not long after their arrival in Indiana, at an advanced age. Adam Allinson, the father of the subject of this sketch was yet a single man, when in 1821, he left Indiana for the West. He built a rude flat boat which he floated down the Wabash River and pushed up the Mississippi, passing through an unbroken wilderness. He finally landed in what is now Morgan County, where he concluded to make his future home. As a matter of course, the country here then was wild, and the settlers who had preceded him were nearly all pecuniarily embarrassed, a natural condition which generally attaches to pioneers, especially in the second or third from the time of their arrival in a new country. He located Government land where the County Poor Farm now is, and also where the Illinois College stands. His possessions at one time, in an early day, covered 1,000 acres of land, and he lived to see his property advance in value, and to witness the wonderful transition this country has made from a wilderness to a garden. He also lived to see his original farm constitute one of the finest homes in the county. His son, and the one of whom the biography is written, now owns that farm. He died at his home which he had worked so hard to beautify, and where he had spent such an active and useful life, on March 26, 1880, at the age of eighty years. He cared little for politics, nor did he ever seek an office, neither did he adhere to any particular faith religiously, but he was a strictly moral man. His memory is held in kindly remembrance by all who enjoyed the privilege of his acquaintance, for when he died, a man passed away. He married in this county to Miss Mary Norwood, a native of Yorkshire, England, who came while still young , to America. Her parents were among the early settlers of Morgan County and they resided on their farm here until they died at an advanced age. Mrs. Allinson, the mother of our subject, died some years before her husband was called away, at sixty-five years of age. She was a woman who possessed all the characteristics that are attributed to a noble mother and woman. She was the mother of six children, three of whom are now living. Two died when quite young, and one after marriage. She was at the time of her death Ann Funk, being the wife of John Funk. The living are: Sarah, wife of Robert Hills, who is farming in this township, and Mary, wife of George Bramham.

Adam Allinson, Jr., was carefully reared by conscientious parents, and resides on the old homestead that was built up by his worthy father, and the most of his life has been spent there. He was married in this township to Miss Ruth Jefferson, a native of Yorkshire, England, and who was born in 1848. She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Her mother died in England, while her father emigrated with his children to America soon after her death and located in Morgan County, where he still resides. He is retired from active work. Mrs. Allinson was about six years of age when she came to America, and has but dim recollections of her native land. She is the mother of two children: Adareene died aged two years. Mary N. is at home.

Mrs. Allinson worships at the Methodist Church and is an ardent member thereof. Mr. Allinson, politically, is a sound Republican and thoroughly believes in his party.

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