Elon Lavaria Stewart Allen was born on 28 July 1855 in Provo, Utah. She was one of 7 children belonging to Andrew Jackson Stewart and Eunice Pease Quimby. On 19 January 1873 in Provo, Utah, Elon married Charles August Allen, and together they had 11 children: Charles August, Elon Ladelle, Earl Birdwell, Frank Stewart, John Max, Andrew Jay, Eunice Lestra, Hazel Lavaria, Carl Preston, Elmer Linn, and Dorothy. Elon and her family owned land in Provo and Vernal, Utah, and in Duchesne County for years. They also found and claimed a mine that they named “Dad’s Canyon.” The property they owned and traded amongst each other from time to time was mainly for the purpose of raising cattle. She died on 14 October 1927 in Provo, Utah.
This three-folder collection contains papers pertaining to the Allen family and their properties. Many of the items are land deeds and mortgages, signed by members of the family such as Elon L. Allen, her husband Charles A. Allen, and Earl B. Allen. Notable among the other contents of the folder are some Christmas cards from friends, a typescript poem entitled, “Doc Determination,” 2 pages of loose-leaf notebook paper, dated 28 June 1944 bearing notes presumably about an Ethel Allen’s fortune, and a 1-page, typescript letter dated 14 March 1931, from Provo, Utah. It is written by Ethel Allen and addressed to “Linn,” and primarily catches Linn up on what Ethel has been doing lately.