MRS. LURENA (ALLEN) TRAIN, resident on section 28, Grant Township, was born in Pavilion, Genesee Co., N.Y., Feb. 7, 1829, and is the daughter of Amasa and Sophia (Kentfield) Allen. Her parents were members of the farming fraternity all their lives, and descended respectively from English and Scotch parentage. They were natives of New England, and in 1834 removed to Medina Co., Ohio, where they settled, in Hinkley Township.
The daughter was married Dec. 31, 1854, to Samuel Train, now deceased. He was born March 2, 1833, in Massachusetts. His parents, Samuel and Mary (Burch) Train, removed in his youth to Hinkley Township, above mentioned, where he grew to manhood, and was married, at 22 years of age. He was occupied in farming until he enlisted as a soldier for the Union in 1862. He enrolled in the Fifth Regt. Ohio Sharpshooters, Co. A. The regiment was first assigned to the command of Gen. Rosencrans and afterwards to that of Gen. Thomas. Mr. Train was in much active and perilous duty. Being brave and skiled in rifle practice, he was frequently detailed for important and perilous service. He was in the battle of Chickahominy and afterwards was ill with camp diarrhea. May 9, 1865, while recovering from a serious attack of the disease named, he was exposed to small-pox, of which he died after six days' illness. His death occurred May 15, 1865, in the hospital at Nashville, Tenn., and he was buried in the Second Army Cemetery in the city where he died.
Mrs. Train came to Michigan in the summer of 1855 and entered a homestead claim in Grant Township, where she has since resided. Her first purchase consisted of 120 acres of timber land. Of this 20 acres were afterward sold and purchase made of 60 acres, and the farm now includes 160 acres. At the time she made her location the township was not organized, the postoffice was ten miles distant and the nearest mill 16 miles away. She came with her two sons to clear and improve a home for the father and husband, who was earning the best right to home and country by exposing his life for their preservation. He died in a better cause than they who encountered the same peril to found an independence on a shameful and mad principle, and the home for which he hoped, and the land for which he yielded up wife, children and life, abide, the fixed monuments of his devoted, unflinching patriotism. He left two sons, one of whom is yet living, John B., born April 8, 1861. Willie was born Nov. 13, 1858, and died Aug. 15, 1873. He was the first born and to young to realize the loss of his father. In his death the mother suffered anew the loss of the husband of her youth.
John B. Train was married Aug. 3, 1879, to Sarah V. Baker, in Ohio Dec. 9, 1856. Leona E., only child was born July 22, 1880.