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Hon. John J. Allen, Jr., was born at Fitzwilliam, N. H., March 12, 1818, and received his education at the common schools. He was a teacher many years, represented the town of Fitzwilliam in the legislature four years, and two years in the state senate. He married twice, first, Sarah E. Horton, of Gilsum, who bore him one child, Agnes, who died when young. He married for his second wife, Susan E. Wood, of Keene. Mr Allen was editor of the New Hampshire Sentinel a short time, and was also editor of the Clinton Courant, of Clinton, Mass. He was register of deeds from 1863 -to 1883, and died June z0, 1884. His widow still resides in Keene.
Rev. Horace Wood was born in Orange, N, H., March 1, 1810, and at the , age of eight years moved with his father to East Alstead, N. H. He attended school at Meriden academy, and studied theology at Gilmington, N. H. In 1840 he was ordained as a Congregational minister and has thus been in the ministry thirty-six years. He married twice, first, Mehitable Gale, of Gilmington, who died in 1847, and second, Sara A. Green, of Biddeford, Me. They have lived in Keene since 1881. Mr. Wood preached at Gilsum nine years.