Biography of James W. Allen
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Allen, James W., has been a resident of Hoosick Falls since 1865, when he came with Rev. Nicholls, his rector and personal friend of Cherry Valley, N. Y., as organist of St. Mark's Episcopal church, in which capacity he officiated for twenty five years. He had previously rendered similar service for a period of ten years at Cherry Valley, his former home, having returned there with his mother after the death of his father, William Allen, in 1850 at New York city. His father, though engaged in milk delivery at the time of his death, had been formerly a farmer in Westford, Otsego county, where James was born in 1839. The latter was educated at New York and Cherry Valley. He became an expert mechanic and musician and was known as a cabinet organ maker. He has been connected with the Wood Works as painter for thirty years, but music teaching is his more natural vocation and he taught organ playing here many years In 1868 be married Sarah, daughter of David Timmerman of Canajoharie, a farmer and cabinet maker of that place. Her mother's father, Colonel Rolf, in the war of the Revolution, was one of the earliest settlers of Canajoharie. and he built the first hotel and the first mill at that place. Mr. Allen has one son, William D. Allen, aged twenty four years, who is engaged with him as contracting painter.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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