|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1805|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1901|
Wife of Harvey Allen. Aged 96 years 4 months & 3 days
—Mrs. Lucy N. Allen died at Oak Park, Ill.. Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, about 9 o'clock, at the home of her son Oscar, where she had been since September last. She had been as well as usual up to about two weeks before her death when she was obliged to keep her bed most of the time. For a few days lay in a semi-conscious condition from which she in a measure revived and was able to sit up a short time on the morning of the day of her death; but nature had exhausted itself in prolonging a life to the age of 96 years, and she passed away peacefully like one going to sleep. Much more than a passing notice should be given of this aged citizen who not only reached a remarkable age but whose life for 75 years was so prominently associated with this village and whose influence for good had left a lasting mark; who was always active in social life and one who did a large share in church work and in the upbuilding of the religious life of the community. In her case, to a remarkable physical constitution was united a mind of much above the average in strength. She was a person of much decision of character and through life had been a close observer. In the sick room, whenever called on, she proved her kindness and skill. She was a natural nurse, and was often called on in cases of severe illness; had excellent judgment and a self command which in any emergency seemed equal to the occasion. The subject of the notice was born in Belleville, N. Y ., August 15, 1805. She was the fifth child and one of 14 children, eight sons and six daughters, born to Bradley and Eunice Noyes Freeman. Her father was a native of the state of Connecticut; was married at Rome, where he at one time lived, and moved from there to Belleville. Lucy was the first ohild born to them after coming to this town. Of her brothers and sisters all but one reached mature years and married, and Mrs. Allen survived all the others except a brother, Adonis J., whose home is in Michigan. She attended school at the Belleville academy for a time. This was when the school commenced, and she used to speak of attending there when the sessions were in the Baptist ohurch.
Her father was a tanner, and the family had many experiences incident to pioneer life. Mrs. Allen remembered seeing, when a child, six wolves at a trough near her father's door, she supposing them sheep until told to the contrary. She was of Baptist parentage and Elder Jedediah Freeman, a Baptist clergyman of Rome, N. Y., was her grandfather, and Elder Joshua Freeman of Belleville, who is remembered by many in this section, was her uncle. She was married February 4,1826, to Harvey Allen of this place; came here to live at that time, and this was her home the remainder of her years. Three children were born to them, James Harvey, Nancy L. and Oscar D. James died in 1829 at the age of two years, and Nancy (Mrs. Albert O. Earl), in 1863. In 1849 her husband gave up farming and commenced business as a merchant, and it was about this time he bought and removed to the corner house still in possession of the family. He died in 1879. Since his death she spent a number of winters at her son's home in Oak Park, whe re she was kindly cared for, but her longing for her old home was such that most of the time was spent here among the associations of years. She retained physical and mental vigor in a marked degree, and perhaps her fondness for out-door life will account in large measure for this blessing. On her 90th birthday she gave a reception which was largely attended and is pleasantly recalled. She was always interesting in conversation, and it was a privilege to hear her narrate incidents connected with the families who were among the early settlers. She remembered the cemetery when there were only three or four graves, and of those buried—there we think she had reached, the ripest years. Mrs. Allen had deep religious convictions, and held to the faith in which she was brought up. Her son Oscar accompanied the remains, which reached here on Friday morning. There was a brief service at Oak Park before leaving there. The funeral was well attended at her late home on Saturday at 1 p m., Rev. A. B. Aldrich, pastor of the Baptist church at Mannsville, officiating. Rev. A. J. Brockway assisted and read part of the Episcopal burial service. Mr. Aldrich took for his text Psalms 185:1, from which an appropriate sermon was given.
Thus has passed away our oldest inhabitant. She will be sadly missed and her memory cherished.
Source: Jefferson County Journal, Dec 24, 1901
Harvey Allen (____ - 1879)*
James Allen (____ - 1829)*
Nancy L. Allen*
Oscar D Allen (1833 - 1927)*
Pierrepont Manor Cemetery
New York, USA
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