Allen & Stone
In 1833, James D. Allen formed a partnership with William S. Stone to establish a mercantile business. Allen & Stone sold dry goods, groceries, hardware, and a variety of other products at their store in Athens, Illinois. The partnership lasted until January 1838, at which point Stone continued the business alone. After the dissolution of the partnership, Abraham Lincoln was involved in at least nine legal cases to settle the business's debts. At least twice, Lincoln represented Allen & Stone.
John T. Stuart and Abraham Lincoln to Thomas Bohannon; Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL), 26 October 1833, 3:4, 19 July 1834, 3:5, 20 January 1838, 2:7; Allen & Stone v. Branson, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=138075; Allen & Stone v. Center, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=138073.