|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1853|
New York, USA
Charles Allen, born in Connecticut, was a successful Washington County farmer near Hebron, New York. He was the father of five children, two of whom served in the Union Army during the Civil War. One boy was killed in the battle of Peachtree Creek in Georgia and the other was captured during the battle of Chancellorsville and died from disease while a paroled prisoner of war.
It is believed that Charles' 2nd wife, also named Mary, was Mary Kenyon 1796-1883, who is buried in Geneseo, New York.
During the War of 1812, Charles was a member of the 50th Regiment (McCleary's) New York Militia from Washington County. The regiment, under the command of Major William Root of Hebron, was called to arms at the time of the battle of Plattsburg, taking nearly all of the men of Hebron capable of bearing arms.
According to muster rolls, Charles' company, made up of many members of the Belcher Methodist Church, was assigned to go to Plattsburg NY for an impending battle.
When the army started on a three days march through the Chateaugay woods, they were on short allowance and each soldier had to carry whatever he could find for his rations. Each ate his breakfast the morning they started from picking at a roasted horse-head. That which was left from breakfast was all that he had for three days.
Evidently, Charles and his fellow soldiers arrived in time for the battle. "The History of Washington County" tells the following story of one local man during the battle.
On the approach of British Lieutenant General Sir George Prevost to Plattsburg, The American leader of the battle, Brigadier General Alexander Macomb, retired across the Saranac River where he made a stand against his heavily outnumbered troops. During the assault by the British upon his works, he ordered the bridge to be taken up. During this work, a Washington County soldier, Samuel Nelson, assisted in the dismantling and carried off the last plank. Before he could lay it down nine bullets had cleanly struck it.
Mary Kenyon Allen (1796 - 1883)
Mary Allen (1783 - 1837)*
Maria Allen Donaldson (1808 - 1831)*
Eleazer Allen (1809 - 1863)*
Cornelia Allen Donaldson (1812 - 1885)*
William Allen (1816 - 1864)*
Belcher Methodist Cemetery
New York, USA
Maintained by: Carl Weaver
Originally Created by: Thomas Dunne
Record added: Apr 08, 2009
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