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John Frank Allen
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1835
Ontario, Canada
Death: 1908

HEADSTONE says Pvt Co L 3 WI Cavalry.

FRAMES FOR THE FUTURE Iron River area Michigan 1981 centennial book "Families: The John F. Allen Family" with photo page 374
John F. Allen, a Civil War veteran and an early Iron River settler, married Eliza Wall following his discharge from Co. "L," 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry on October 23, 1865. Records indicate that John and Eliza, sons Frank, John, Jesse and daughter Minnie came to Iron River in 1882 from Menominee, Michigan. John F. Allen died in Iron River in 1908.
The Allen men were primarily stone masons. Many of the original homes in the Iron River area bear witness to their trade, i.e. plastered walls, chimneys, foundations, etc.
In 1900, Frank Allen purchased 40 acres of land in Iron River which he had platted and registered as Allen's Addition in 1913. This portion of the Allen Farm became the Virgil Location. Allen Street, in the Virgil, was in all probability named in honor of Frank Allen.
Prior to the death of Frank Allen in 1926, he willed 3 acres of the Allen Farm to the John Burt Allen family. This acreage is still owned by Mrs. Dorothy Allen Staffeldt, an heir of the John Burt Allen family. The remaining acreage, willed to Emery J. Allen, a grandson of John F. Allen and son of Jesse E. Allen, was sold by Emery J. Allen to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in 1956.
Merle D. Allen and Myron M. Allen, grandsons of John F. Allen and sons of Jesse E. Allen, presently reside in the Iron River Stambaugh area.

HEADSTONE CEREMONY PRESENTATION says born in Kingston, Ontario CANADA. Son of Morgan Laban Allen Sr. & Nancy A. Patcher, both of New York. Father Morgan Sr. was Irish. John was oldest child, followed by 3 brothers & 5 sisters. Morgan Sr. & Morgan Jr. were also Civil War veterans. Father Morgan Sr. buried at Gettysburg. Married Eliza Wall Oct 2 1855 in Williamstown, New York. 1856 couple homesteaded to Fort Atkinson WI with Eliza's parents. Enlisted Mar 20 1864, having a wife & 4 young children. Discharged Oct 23 1865 from Fort Levenworth KS. 1870 census says brickman age 36 wife + 4 children. 1880 census in Menominee, Michigan. Probably 1882 he came to Iron River. He & sons were stonemasons. He built the Presbyterian church chimney with son Jesse in 1884. 1904 granted pension. 4 children included sons Jesse and Frank.

PHOTO CAPTION FROM HEADSTONE DEDICATION CEREMONY Iron County Reporter Nov 17 2004 "Civil War vet honored"
Genevieve Allen reads the history of her late husband's grandfather, John Frank Allen, during special ceremonies at Iron River's City Cemetery Nov. 10 that dedicated a marker to the Civil War veteran. At the left is Steve Major of the West Side Veterans Council. John Frank Allen, who was born in 1835 and died in 1908, enlisted in the Third Regiment of the Wisconsin Cavalry in 1864 and served through the end of the war. He moved to Iron River in the 1880s, working as a stone mason. Buried next to his wife, Eliza (the marker on the left), his grave had not been marked until now, after the U.S. government donated a special Civil War headstone. Allen's grandson was Myron "Bud" Allen, who was married to Genevieve Allen for many years.

RUM REBELLION REVUE INFORMATION from 2012 says in 1900 John Allen spent $400 to purchase 40 acres of land north of Iron River toward the mining locations that became Mineral Hills. In 1913, 10 of the acres were platted as the Virgil Location. There were three streets in the plat-Allen Street, named for the developer and which became the center of the location, Virgil Street named for the location and which had some houses on it, and McDonald, which was never developed.

1900 US CENSUS for Iron River Village in Iron County MI shows John H. [F.] Allen head born Sep 1835 Canada Eng age 64 married 45 years immigrated 1856 naturalized stone mason. Eliza wife born Jan 1834 New York age 66 married 45 years 7 children 6 living. Frank son born Sep 1856 Wisconsin age 43 single stone mason. Bert [Burt] son born June 1872 Wisconsin age 27 single day laborer. Minnie daughter born Nov 1875 Michigan age 24.

INFORMATION FROM RELATIVE Carolyn Allen ( says there is no written documentation that John Frank Allen's parents were of Irish descent. His father was Morgan L. Allen and his mother was Nancy Patchin. Both were born in New York.


OBITUARY of son John Burt Allen 1922 does not name John Frank Allen as his father, but says Jesse and Frank are his brothers. A sister (therefore a daughter of John Frank Allen) Minnie Brown is also buried in Iron River Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Morgan Laban Allen (____ - 1863)
  Eliza Wall Allen (1835 - 1902)*
  John Burt Allen (1870 - 1922)*
  Jesse Emery Allen (1872 - 1927)*
  Minnie M. Allen Brown (1878 - 1925)*
  Elizabeth A Allen (____ - 1848)*
  John Frank Allen (1835 - 1908)
*Calculated relationship
Iron River Cemetery
Iron River
Iron County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 2 Lot 18
Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Jan 15, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10328762
John Frank Allen
Added by: Bob Black
John Frank Allen
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This person was featured in the 1st annual cemetery tour in west Iron County, held at Iron River Cemetery in June of 2008. May your memory live on.
- Dale Safford
 Added: Nov. 29, 2014
Thank you for your service to preserve our union. Rest in peace 2x great grandfather.
- Laabs Famiily of Ventura
 Added: Nov. 7, 2014
John Allen was mentioned in the 2012 Rum Rebellion Revue written by Bill Leonoff, a production given on July 20 at the Windsor Center in Iron River.
- Dale Safford
 Added: Jul. 31, 2012
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