Lemuel Allen, retired farmer of East Bluff, Pekin, Ill., was born in Londoun County, Va., in 1818, and removed to Illinois in 1839, locating in Macon County, where he attended the Waverly School. He then engaged in farming for a time, but subsequently, taught school, first in Springfield and later in Decatur, until 1846, when he came to Pekin and taught there from 1850 to 1860. Besides teaching, he held the office of county and city Superintendent or schools. In 1862 he removed to a farm at East Bluff, which he had previously purchased, and engaged in agriculture, following that avocation until his retirement from active life. He was one of the original Trustees of the Illinois State University, serving upon the Board for a period of three years.
In the fall of 1843 Mr. Allen was married W Miss Margaret Robinson of Decatur, Ill. Mrs. Allen was a native of Ohio, and died September 14. 1894. In 1898 Mr. Allen married as his second wife Miss Josephine Goodheart. The father of the subject of this sketch was James Allen, a native of New Jersey, where he was born in 1769. His wife was Miss Elizabeth Lee, who was a native of Virginia, the date of her birth, April 22. 1775.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 971