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Jabez S. Allen
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1804
Sullivan County
New York, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1886
Sullivan County
New York, USA

Jabez Allen died at his residence in the town of Thompson on the evening of Friday, the 12th inst. Mr. Allen was one of the oldest native born residents of our town or county. His father, Reuben Allen, was the first settler who remained permanently in the town. He emigrated from Connecticut in 1792 and settled on what is now the Hoyt farm below Bridgeville. He was alarmed by the annual spring overflow of the Neversink river, and feared if he made his home there the floods would sweep his crops away and destroy the fruits of his labor. He concluded after a year or two to change his location to higher ground and took possession of the land which is now the farm of Joseph Osterhout, two miles east of the village of Monticello, on the turnpike.

Quinlan in his History of Sullivan says of this sturdy pioneer: "He was 29 and his wife 25 years old when they commenced a life of privation and hardship which few would dare now to encounter. In an unbroken forest, almost beyond human aid and sympathy, they made their home, and labored to render it pleasant. For a time he was unable to raise sufficient food for his family, and when want stared them in the face, he left his wife and children in the woods, and went beyond the Shawangunk to earn a few shillings, with which he bought food, and then carried it home on his shoulders. Wages at that time were in summer from four to six shillings per day, and from seven to nine dollars per month. In winter no one wanted laborers at any price. Self denial, industry and persistence finally conquered all untoward surroundings. The traveler who passed from Monticello to Wurtsboro forty years ago will remember that Reuben Allen's residence was one of the neatest on the road."

In the forest home of his father Jabez Allen was born June 12th 1804. While a young man he apprenticed himself to John Brown, a widely known and skillful millwright, for the purpose of learning the trade. He worked with Mr. Brown for several years and afterwards on his own account. He built several grist mills and sawmills in this county and in Orange, among others the one now owned and operated by Mr. Hatch at Monticello, and one at Bloomingburgh. He was married to Olive Barnum February 20th 1834; and afterwards settled on a piece of timber land adjoining his parental home. He was not a man of great physical strength, but he possessed in a large degree the iron endurance of his sire, and with patient and unflagging industry he commenced the work of fitting a home for his family. On the small but comfortable farm which he cleared from the forest he continued to reside until his death. A good constitution, reinforced by temperate habits, and a life spent in active out door employment, carried him along to four-score years without a single day's serious sickness. His health failed about a year ago from a complication of diseases, and for the last few months his sufferings have been great.

He was one of the kindest and best of neighbors, squaring his life in all its associations with his fellow men strictly in accordance with the Golden Rule; a humble and sincere Christian he regarded approaching dissolution with quiet composure, and willingly laid down the burden of life in the sure and certain hope of a blessed immortality. His wife died in August 1868. Three sons survive him, William E. Allen and Frederick Allen of Monticello, and Geo. W. B. Allen of Hawley, Pa.
--Republican Watchman (Monticello, NY), Friday, March 19, 1886, page 4 
 
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 Parents:
  Reuben Allen (1763 - 1848)
  Betsey Sherwood Allen (1769 - 1840)
 
 Spouse:
  Olive Barnum Allen (1810 - 1868)
 
 Children:
  William E. Allen (1835 - 1921)*
  Rebecca Adaline Allen (1840 - 1844)*
 
 Sibling:
  Jabez S. Allen (1804 - 1886)
  Henry Cramer Allen (1806 - 1858)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Jabez S. Allen
Born
June 12, 1804
Died
Mar. 12, 1886
 
Burial:
Bridgeville Cemetery
Bridgeville
Sullivan County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Vivian
Record added: Aug 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29436732
Jabez S. Allen
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