Biography of Capt. James R. Allen
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Allen, Capt. James R., youngest son of Prince and Jane (Packard) Allen, was born in the town of Dartmouth, Bristol county, Mass., July 30, 1816. His father died when he was an infant, and his mother, with a family of six children, removed to the town of Acushnet, where she resided until her death. Captain Allen received his early education in the district schools, and at the age of fourteen he began the life of a sailor. His first voyage was as cabin boy on a whaling ship; he spent nearly forty years at sea, having served in all capacities, the last four or five voyages as master of the vessel. He has traveled all over the world, having made two or three trips around Cape Horn and Cape Good Hope. In 1868 Captain Allen returned home to his farm in Acushnet, where he has since lived a retired life. October 23, 1859, be married Pamelia daughter of Barnabas and Phoebe (Swift) Douglass, and they have four children: Josephine, wife of James L. Humphrey, jr.; Sarah J., wife of Joseph T. Leonard, Millie D., wife of Thomas Hersom, jr.; and Leslie C., who resides at home. Captain Allen might have held public office many times, but has declined all political honors, preferring to remain an independent citizen. Though well on in years, he is hale and hearty, and bids fair to enjoy for many years to come the universal respect and esteem in which he is held in this community.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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