biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
N. B. ALLENDER is a farmer and blacksmith, residing on section 25, Cedar Township. He was born in Hartford County, Md., Oct. 18, 1830, and is the son of John and Naomi (Ghiton) Allender, natives of Maryland. John Allender was a soldier in the War of 1812, and removed to Ohio in 1833, where he remained, until 1839, and then emigrated to Henry County, Iowa, where he died in 1866. His widow survives him and is living at the old home in Henry County, Iowa, at the ripe old age of ninety-six years. They were the parents of nine children─B. W., Thomas, James, Dorcas Ann, J. E., N. B., Mary C., Samuel and Wesley. The subject of this sketch, N. B. Ahlender, at the age of eighteen years went to Mt. Pleasant, and commenced learning the blacksmith trade with Daniel P. Gess, and worked for him one year, when the boss quit the business. He then went with a man by the name of David Elliott, and worked for him eighteen months, and after that worked at "jour" work for one year. Nov. 22, 1851, Mr. Allender was married to Martha L. Thomas, a native of Ohio, born Nov. 30, 1831, and a daughter of John and Martha (Snyder) Thomas, the former of whom died in Ohio, and the latter in Henry County, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Allender are the parents of ten children ─John (deceased), S. G., Dorcas A., James C., Emma C., Joseph L., Sarah S., Charles H., Ephraim and Louis R. Mr. Allender is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Politically he is a Republican, and has held all the township offices where he resides. He is also an auctioneer by profession, and an excellent one, and cries all the sales in that part of the county. He is the owner of 140 acres of land, all improved and in a good state of cultivation, and his buildings and other improvements are comfortable and substantial. Mr. Allender is quite well known over the county, and is highly regarded as an upright, honorable man.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy