|Death: ||Jan. 20, 1774|
Inscription: from: (Eighteenth-Century Gravestone Carvers Of The Upper Narragansett Basin: George Allen, by Vincent F. Luti, Markers XXII (2005), Association for Gravestone Studies.
Here lies the body of Mr. George Allen, a native of Sherburn in Great Britain who died January 20th AD 1774 aged 78yrs. His ingenuity and application in study were such that in early life he made uncommon advances in all the principal branches of literature and at the age of seventeen was employed as a writing master in his native town. At the age of 21 he arrived at Boston where he opened a school for the instruction of youth, in which occupation (in that and other towns) he spent the prime of his life. His later researches were better calculated for the promotion of Science, than the advancement of his private interests. His friendly disposition and moderation were conspicuous to all who knew him.
George Allen's gravestone was carved by a son, Gabriel.
George traveled from England, his shop was located in Rehoboth, MA which is now know as East Providence, RI.
He was a master gravestone carver of about a forty-two years span. Two of our favorites that he carved are of Mr. Samuel Peck as well as Lieut. John Hunt. These two show an exceptional carving skill. The Samuel Peck gravestone is signed by George Allen and is one of only about three known with his signature to be found. George was active between 1720 to 1770, and his earlier works can be found today in Newell Cemetery, South Attleboro, MA.
For an example of one of the most beautiful works of art that George Allen carved in 1736, please see the gravestone of Capt. Samuel Peck. Unfortunately the footstone, which also was said to have a masterful carving, has been destroyed from the elements over the years.
Sarah Spring Bowen Allen (1711 - 1789)*
Caroline Allen (1739 - 1741)*
Charles Allen (1748 - 1763)*
Gabriel Allen (1749 - 1824)*
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: The Guardian
Record added: Oct 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22125684