|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1848|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1917|
John Clarence Allen, of Brooklyn, N. Y., son of Rufus C. and Sabrina (York) Allen, was born July 28, 1848, at Wallingford. Mr. Allen is from an ancestry distinguished in religious constancy. His mother and her ancestors for generations were Baptists; while his father and mother were active Christians from their youth, and sang together in church for thirty-five years. Love of music and skill in it are family characteristics, no less than church work. Mr. Allen's sister Fanny is the wife of T.J. Whitaker of Brooklyn.
He was educated at the Wallingford high school and Black River Academy at Ludlow, and was graduated with highest oratorical and other honors at Madison (now Colgate) University at Hamilton, N.Y., in 1874. Mr. Allen entered upon his first pastorate in Newark, N.J., in 1875. Success crowned his efforts. Following this work he served the First Church (Baptists) of Elizabeth, N.J., for five and a half years, performing loyal work, baptizing many and raising the church. The earnest call of the Hanson Place Baptist Church drew Mr. Allen to Brooklyn. Here his tireless devotion and energy found wide scope. During the summer and fall of 1885 he remodelled the main audience room and erected lecture and Sunday school rooms, fitting them with essential modern appliances for church work. In the first year of the pastorate the entire church debt was pledged and paid off, amounting to $40,000. During Mr. Allen's ministry thus far he has baptized over five hundred souls, and has been the means of securing over $125,000 for the use of the Baptist denomination, and has borne an honorable part in the formation and work of the Brooklyn Baptist Extension Society.
His activity in temperance and other reform work has been highly commendable. At the national Prohibition convention, at Cincinnati, in 1892, he was a delegate. To many social organizations he has lent his earnest support and membership. Among them are the Phi Beta Kappa Society of New York; the American Institute of Civics; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Baptist Social Union; Brooklyn Society of Vermonters; and the New York Alumni Association of Colgate University, of which he is president.
Mr. Allen was married in 1874 to Julia I., daughter of Rev. Charles T. and Irene (Buell) Johnson. (from "Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont", compiled by Jacob G. Ullery; pub. by Transcript Publishing Co., Brattleboro, Vt. 1894)
His last pastorate was that of the Bergin Baptist church in Jersey City, where in 1901 his health broke down in the midst of a revival, which rendered suspension of work necessary for the time. Since then he has supplied as strength and opportunity have permitted. He resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. The degree of D.D., was conferred upon him in 1895 by the American Temperance University. (from "The Allen Memorial, First Series: Descendants of Edward Allen of Nantucket, Mass. 1690-1905" by Orrin Peer Allen; pub. by C.B. Fiske & Co., Palmer, Mass., 1905)
Rufus Cady Allen (1817 - 1902)
Sabrina York Allen (1808 - 1890)
Sarah A. Dickerman (1828 - 1892)**
Lyman York Dickerman (1830 - 1910)**
Rodolphus Warrington Allen (1843 - 1862)**
John Clarence Allen (1848 - 1917)
Fanny Gray Allen Whitaker (1856 - 1948)*
Green Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 11, 2010
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