Biography of John Allen
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Allen, John, Hinesburg, was born in Burlington, N. Y., in 1802. Moved to Chelsea, Vt., when a small child. When eighteen years of age he went to Montpelier, Vt., and learned the saddle and harnessmakers' trade of Henry Y. Barnes. In 1824 he walked from Montpelier to Hinesburg, a distance of thirty five miles, in one day, arriving at Hinesburg with a cash capital of thirty seven cents. He found work the next day as a journeyman, and soon opened a shop as partner with John M. Eldridge; but he soon became sole proprietor, which business he continued successfully to the time of his death, which occurred April 15, 1860. He was a devoted Christian, and took an active part as an Abolitionist from the first agitation of that great question. He was a friend of the oppressed, and his heart and purse were always open for the needy. He was married in 1829 to Betsey (Schofield) Nelson, who died in 1837, by whom he had one daughter, Mary Lucretia, who died in 1849. He married Roxana (Carpenter) Conger in 1837, by whom he had one son, John Hamilton Allen who was born in 1838, and who now lives on the old homestead. He was married in 1857 to Elizabeth Burns, of Charlotte, by whom he has had seven children, five of whom are now living. Nelson L., the oldest, was drowned in 1870 in the La Plotte River, aged twelve years. Howard died in 1872, aged thirteen months. John C., the only son living, is a successful business man in Red Cloud, Neb. Mary L., Katie H., Florence, and Mabel are living with their parents. John H. Allen enlisted in Co. G, 14th Regt Vermont Vols., and went out as first lieutenant in 1862, on the nine months' call, and was discharged with his regiment July 30, 1863. He represented his town in the Legislature in 1880-81, and has been justice of the peace for several years. He succeeded his father in the harness business, and employs several men on custom work. and also deals in all grades of ready made goods. He is also one of the firm of Allen, Read Sr. Patrick, who deal largely in carriages, wagons, sleighs, etc.

From:
History of Chittenden County, Vermont
Edited by: W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, New York. 1886


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