"James Allen, of Allenford, is a gentleman whose life and acts have been more intimately and influentially identified with the northern townships of Bruce than have those of any other of its citizens. Born in the County Fermanagh, Ireland, June 30th, 1826, the son of James and Elizabeth H. Allen of that place, he came to Canada in 1832, and resided with his father’s family in the Townships of Dummer and Douro (Peterboro’ County) till 1850 when he removed to the Township of Holland, Grey County. Here he took a leading and active part in local public affairs, and was several years Reeve of that township.
In 1857 he came to the Township of Amabel and located where he still resides, at the site of the Village of Allenford, named for him. As will be seen from the sketch of this township, Mr. Allen was the first white settler in the whole Indian Peninsula; and it will not be disputed by any, that he has done more to advance the interests of this section of country than any other man who has ever become a resident within its limits.
A perusal of the township records shows him to have been a member of the first and of every succeeding Municipal Council of Amabel; and for thirteen consecutive years of that time he was its Reeve, retiring voluntarily in 1880 to give his attention more assiduously to his private business.
Such a public record as Mr. Allen’s carries its comment on its face, and it is not necessary for us to enlarge upon the many merits of a gentleman whose popularity is so fully attested by repeated re-elections to the most important and honorable office in the gift of his fellow citizens."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce