He was one of the first settlers of White Hall. He owned and operated the only inn at the time between Jacksonville and Carrollton with the exception of one at Manchester. The Allen inn was long white building and was located on South Main Street. Being on the Springfield and St, Louis stage mail route which ran from Jacksonville to Alton. The driver of the stage coach called on his stop here as "next stop will be at the white hall. Hence, the community being named White Hall.
He married Elizabeth Ann Morrow b 9/23/1800 IL d 2/1/1878 Greene Co, IL
Both buried in Sanders-Allen Cemetery, Greene Co, IL 
Alternate death date from copy of Proof of Death in CGHS files state January 7, 1872 - it is likely tombstone is incorrect since other papers in CGHS files also point to 1872. Vondrak-7 11:36, 26 January 2013 (EST)
They had 11 children including Nancy Jane b 1821 d 1858, Elizabeth Jane b 1824 d 1906 - both married Hiram Lemon (all 3 are buried in Bethel Cemetery, Morgan Co, IL, William B b 1826 - married Clarinda Billings, Franklin b 1832 m 1860 (Sarah Nettles) d 1860, Joseph Duncan b 1834 m 1877 (Nancy Goldsby) d 1904, Susannah b 1836 m 1857 (Wm H Wise), Samuel b 1839 m 1890 (Mary C Overby Triplet), James M Jr b 1842 m 1868(Mary Eliza Gilbreath) d 1908, John Newton b 1844 m 1867 (Grace Frazier) and Zachariah
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 22 December 2019), memorial page for James Martin Allen (30 May 1794–5 Jan 1871), Find A Grave: Memorial #55609734, citing Sanders-Allen Cemetery, White Hall, Greene County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .
↑ From Roodhouse Centennial book excerpted from copy of article entitled "Allen Family History" and found in the GCHS files.
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