J. D. ALLENDER, merchant, Clay City, was born in Richland County, Ill., August 4, 1837, and is a son of L. L. and Mary Ann (McCawley) Allender. The father was a native of Shepherdsville, Ky., and came to the State about 1830. He was a farmer by occupation, and his death occurred in February, 1847. The mother was a daughter of John McCawley, a sketch of whose life appears in the history of Clay City Township. Subject was the second of seven children, four of whom are living, viz., John D. (our subject), Martha (wife of M. Crackles, of Pixley Township), Margaret (wife of Scott Moats, of Mt. Erie Township) and Elizabeth (wife of James Bradshaw, of the same township). The father died when subject was about eight years old. The latter, however, remained at home with his mother until fifteen. He then came to Maysville, this township, and here he worked on a farm for about three years. He then went to McDonough County, this State, where he worked for about fifteen months. He came to Clay City about 1857, and began life here by teaming. He only worked at that one year and then opened a saloon. He carried on this business until 1866, and then embarked in the provision business. In 1868, he formed a partnership with Richard F. Duff, under the firm name of Allender & Duff. This firm continued in the provision business for about seven years, and then opened a general store, in which business they have been engaged ever since. The firm erected their present brick block in 1872, at a cost of about $4,500. At present the firm carry a stock of about $6,000. They also handle considerable produce of all kinds, making a specialty of game, pelts and hides. Mr. Allender was married in Clay City, Ill., December 23, 1875, to Miss Fannie Sage, a daughter of Mrs. Caroline Ullum. Mrs. Allender was born in Ross County, Ohio, and is the mother of three children, viz., John Scott, Daniel Beecher and Jessie Mell. Mr. and Mrs. Allender are both members of the Methodist Church South. Mr. Allender is a member of Clay City Lodge, No. 488, A. F. & A. M. In politics, he has given his support to the Democratic party. He has served as one of the members of the Town Board.
Extracted 28 Dec 2017 by Norma Hass from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 171-172.