Biography of Robert Allen
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Robert Allan is yet well remembered by many of the older residents of Camden and Oneida county, where for a time he was engaged in general agricultural pursuits. Much of his life, however, was devoted to artistic designing, which he followed both in Scotland and in New York city. He was born in the town of Kilbarcan, in Ayrshire, Scotland, May 13, 1821, a son of Robert and Ann (Love) Allan, both of whom were natives of the land of hills and heather. The father, who there engaged in the manufacture of shawls, located in New York on coming to the United States, but died a week after his arrival. He was a man of high intellectual attainments and possessed much poetical talent. Both he and his wife were identified with the Society of Free Thinkers. Mrs. Allan passed away in Scotland when her son Robert was but three years of age. The other son and daughters of the household, Margaret, William and Agnes, are also deceased.

Robert Allan pursued his education in Scotland and from early youth was associated more or less closely with manufacturing interests. His artistic skill was developed along the line of designing and he was employed as designer in a large shawl factory of Glasgow until 1840, when, at the age of nineteen years, he crossed the Atlantic to New York city and became a designer of carpets. He also showed his artistic skill as a painter of pictures for many years. About 1850 he came to Camden, Oneida county, and for a time owned and cultivated a farm in this part of the state, but eventually returned to New York city, his death occurring in Yonkers, on the 27th of October, 1886.

On the 2d of January, 1851, Mr. Allan was united in marriage to Miss Eliza J. Cady, a daughter of Frederick and Phebe (Hoag) Cady, of New York city. Mrs. Allan was born in Schoharie county, New York, February 29, 1824, and has therefore passed the eighty seventh milestone on life's journey. Her father died when she was a little girl of but three years. She was educated in Camden, to which place the family removed during her early girlhood. Her father was born near Duanesburg, New York, and made farming his life work, thus providing for the support of his family. Both he and his wife held membership in the Christian church. Mrs. Cady was also a native of the Empire state, her birth having occurred in Charleston, Montgomery county. Eliza J. Cady was twenty six years of age when she gave her hand in marriage to Mr. Allan. Their only child, Robert Allan, Jr., was born in Brooklyn, New York, October 5, 1852, and died February 4, 1908. He was educated in the schools of Camden, in Whitestown Seminary and Hamilton College, and after attaining his majority engaged in teaching school at Trenton, New York, and in Westchester county. Subsequently he took up his abode on the home farm in. Camden, devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits until his death. His political allegiance was given, to the republican party and he held membership in the Congregational church. He served as a school trustee and the cause of education ever found in him a stalwart champion. Like his father, he was a valued citizen of the comniunity. Both father and son enjoyed the high regard and warm friendship of those with whom they came in contact and the name of Allan in Camden and Oneida county was a synonym for honorable, upright manhood.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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