"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

Carol Allen Adams

Elise and James O. Allen

Photo of the married couple's first child, Carol. The picture was taken at her parent's home in Peoria, Illinois.

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Elise and James O. Allen, church

James and Elise dressed for church. James was always known to wear a bow-tie. They are the parents of Carol Allen Adams, James Allen Jr., Gregory Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Joy Allen Stone,...

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Peoria Today, page 2

Article on Elise Ford Allen and the Traveler Weekly, page 2. Top Photo left to right: Janet Allen, Barbara Allen Randle, Joy Allen Stone, Angela Allen Henry, Carol Allen Adams, Linda...

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Elise and James at wedding of daughter

Photo of Elise and James at 1963 wedding of their daughter, Carol.

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Allen Family Photo

 Family Photos, late 1960's. Standing Left to right back row: Carol, Melvin, Gregory, James Jr. Standing middle row, left to right: Florence Harrison Ford, Elise and James Sr. Sitting...

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Family Christmas Card Photo 1970

Allen Family Photo - standing left to right, James Jr., Gregory, Melvin Adams. Sitting on floor left to right: Linda, Barbara, Joy, Angela, Janet (forward). Sitting on couch Left to right:...

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Family Friends

Elise and James with daughter Carol and husband, Melvin and friends.

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Allen Family Photo 1980

Picture was taken in 1980 on the front lawn of the family's home in Peoria, Illinois. Top left to right, Barbara Allen Randle, Janet Allen, Greg Allen, Carol Adams Allen, James Allen Jr.,...

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 50th wedding anniversary

Photo of 50th Wedding Aniversary of Elise and James Allen.  Front left to right standing: Carol, Linda, Joy, Janet, Barbara, Timothy, Angela, Gregory and James Jr.

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Allen Family at Camp Butler

Some of the Allen Family members on a visit to Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois where James O. Allen, Major George Ford, Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, Florence Ford, and C. Bruce Ford are...

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Ford Family Reunion

Ford Family Reunion, Peoria Illinois.

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Ford Cousins

Photo of Ford first cousins - left to right Candy Lynn Ford Webb, Carol Allen Adams, Deborah Pickett, Sharon Pickett, Angela Allen Henry.

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Elise Ford Allen and Bruce Ford, Siblings

Elise Ford Allen and Bruce Ford with their mother, Florence at a Ford Family reunion Norman Allen sitting and Carol Allen Adams in the background. 

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Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

The siblings at the the 7th Annual Gala "Honoring our Heritage" in support of honoree, Elise Ford Allen, October 25th, Springfield, Illinois. Attendees left to right: Front, Joy...

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Camp Butler 2018

Siblings visiting graves of James O. Allen (husband of Elise Ford Allen), Major George Ford, (grandson of West Ford, and grandfather of Elise Ford Allen). Left to right: Joy Allen Stone,...

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