BIOGRAPHY OF THOMAS ALLSOP
History of Effingham County, Illinois, 1883- O. L. Baskin Co, Historical Publishers page 197
Thomas Allsop, farmer, P. O. Beecher City. Among the substantial and leading farmers of this Township is Thomas Allsop, who was born May 23, 1838, in Derbyshire, England, the fourth son of John Allsop and Mary Slater. The family emigrated to this country prior to the Mexican war, locating in the District of Columbia, where they lived two years, and in December, 1847, the father of Thomas came to this State with his family and located on land in this Township, which he had traded for while in the District. He owned here 650 acres, 330 acres in this Township, the remainder in Shelby County. Here he settled and remained in the County until his death, which occurred May 10, 1878, at his son’s in Effingham. He was born in March, 1804. His wife died March 27, 1848, born December 27, 1802. To them were born six children; Sarah, Samuel, John, William, Thomas and Mary. Mary and John are deceased. Mary married George Eccles; John died in Effingham; Sarah is wife of Thomas D. Tennery, of this Township. Thomas remained with his father until he was twenty-one, then began in business for himself in 1859, locating where he now resides. He was married the first time to Elizabeth Hunt, born in Manchester, England, daughter of John Hunt and Elizabeth Mapplebeck. She died April 2, 1873, leaving six children; Lizzie, John, Emma, Sarah and Martha. Lizzie resides in Moccasin Township, in this Country, wife of Joseph Syfert. Second wife was Sarah Getz, of Ohio, daughter of William Getz; she died leaving one child Bertha. His last wife was Sarah Mahin, born in this county, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Powell) Mahin, he, of Ohio, she of Tennessee. By his last marriage Thomas had two children; Clarence and Nellie. He has 200 acres in this Township, 160 acres in Shelby County, and a farm in Moccasin Township. He has done much toward encouraging the breeding of fine stock. He is Democratic, and of the Southern Methodist Church. He has put all the substantial improvements on this farm.