WILLIAM PORTER ALLEN was born October 18, 1829, in Ohio County, Ky., where he has always resided. His father, Capt. Levi Allen, a native of Sumner County, Tenn., was born in 1794, a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in 1861. He was the son of Theophilus Allen, of Maryland, who died about 1835, at the age of sixty-five years: His father was Rhodam Allen, of Maryland. Levi was twice married; first, to Jane, daughter of John Esque, of Tennessee, and to them were born Alfred, Bradford and Franklin. He afterward married Elizabeth (Allen), and from this union sprang Elizabeth J. (Earp), Louisa (Clark), Amanda M. (Willson), William P., James H,, David, Eli B., Margaret (Axton), Oscar and Caroline (Awtry). January 8, 1850, Mr. Allen married Martha A., daughter of Willis and Lucinda (Bratcher) Campbell, of Ohio County; she was born November 2, 1836, and their union has been blessed by the birth of Levi, Ledisca A. (Miller), James B., Franklin and Lueller. Mr. Allen is a farmer, having 126 acres of fair land in good condition, and in a high state of cultivation. He is a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic fraternity. He is a Republican.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895