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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 1111-1112 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(IV) Hiram, second son of Elihu and Laura (Cornell) Allen, was born at Stillwater, Saratoga county, New York, January 14, 1831, died August 4, 1906. He was engaged in paper manufacturing, and was associated with his younger brother Loren in the Baker Falls plant. As the business grew the necessity for expansion compelled the formation of a corporation with increased capital and privileges. This corporation was known as "Allen Brothers Company," of which Hiram Allen was president. Their product was in great demand and the company was very prosperous. He continued at the head of this company until his death. He was a man of great business capacity and left to posterity the record of a well-spent life. He was a member of the Baptist church, and politically a Republican. He married (first), January 17, 1856, Fannie M. Benedict, who bore him a son, Marcus Clyde (mentioned below). She died October 27, 1860. He married (second) June 10, 1863, Helen S. Benedict. He married (third), July 31, 1890, Caroline A. Baker.

(V) Marcus Clyde, son of Hiram and Fannie M. (Benedict) Allen, was born at Sandy Hill, Washington county, New York, April 11, 1859, died January 20, 1910, at Rockledge, Florida, at his winter home. With the exception of a few years spent in Hamilton, New York, and in Philadelphia, he was a lifelong resident of Sandy Hill. His early education was obtained in the public schools of the village, afterward at Colgate College. He finished his education at Union College, where he also took a post-graduate course in chemistry, the better to fit him for his future career as a paper manufacturer. At Colgate College he was a classmate of Charles E. Hughes, a former governor (1910) of New York state, for whom he always entertained a high regard and whose warm personal friendship he enjoyed. From 1879 to 1883 he was engaged in the lumber business at Hamilton, New York, as junior of the firm of Wedge & Allen. In 1883 he became an associate partner of Allen Brothers Company, of Sandy Hill, manufacturers of wall paper, and was secretary of that corporation until it was sold to the Union Bag and Paper Company. After retiring from the paper manufacture business Mr. Allen became president of the Gilmore, Horton, Allen Company (now engaged in fulfilling an important contract at Oswego for the state of New York in connection with the barge canal). He had numerous outside business interests; was president of the Saranac Pulp Company, of Plattsburg, New York; director of the Standard Wall Paper Company and of the People's Bank, of Sandy Hill. He was a devoted friend of the cause of education, particularly of the public school system. The only political office he would ever accept was membership on the board of education, of Sandy Hill, on which he served for twenty-one years, six of which he was president of the board. He was a devoted member of the Baptist church, which he served as trustee for a long period. He was a successful business man, a good citizen and a loyal friend. His high character and pure principle gained him the respect and confidence of his business associates, while his unassuming, genial personality won him a large circle of friends, whom he always retained. He was the soul of honor, and his unsupported word was always a sufficient guarantee of the honorable fulfillment of business engagements. He stood very high in the Masonic order, holding membership in both York and Scottish Rite. He was past master of Sandy Hill Lodge, F. and A. M., past high priest of Sandy Hill Chapter, R. A. M.; past eminent commander of Washington Commandery, K. T., of Saratoga; past potentate of Oriental Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Troy, New York. In Scottish Rite he was a member of Delta Council, Princes of Jerusalem; Delta Chapter of Rose Croix, of Troy; and Albany Sovereign Consistory, thirty-second degree. He was intimately connected with the foundation and operation of the State Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund, serving as one of the six trustees of that institution. He was held in the highest esteem by his brethren of the order, where his devotion to the tradition and principles of Masonry brought him unusual preferment. Mr. Allen was a member of the Delta Upsilon, of Colgate College. He married, May 15, 1902, Josephine, born March 18, 1875, daughter of Almon Day and Amanda (Wait) Horton. Almon Day Horton was born at Poestenkill, New York, March 9, 1845, son of Chester and Marilla (Wait) Horton. He married Amanda Wait, born September 11, 1847. Their children were:

  1. Herbert, born April 19, 1868; married Florence Harris, who died August 3, 1907; children:
    1. Almon Harris, born February 12, 1895;
    2. Cornelia Lydia, June 5, 1901.
  2. Beecher, born October 11, 1870: married Helen Dowd.
  3. Josephine, married Marcus C. Allen.
  4. William Wait, born March 28, 1879; married, February, 1904, Mabel Smith; child:
    1. Millicent Caroline, born November 25, 1904.
  5. Almon Day (2); born September 26, 1882; married Sarah Collins.
  6. Millicent Wait, born August 9, 1887, died January 18, 1801.

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