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Carrie Ellen "Nellie" Allen
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Birth: Dec. 15, 1856
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1951
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Daughter of Tandy Allen and Joanna Van Nice. She never married.


Russell, Iowa
Thursday, February 8, 1951


Carrie Ellen Allen, oldest of the twelve children of Tandy and Joanna VanNice Allen, was born in a log house in Cedar Twp., Lucas County, Iowa, on the fifteenth day of December, 1856.

Her father had come to Iowa from Indiana on horseback in 1852 when he was only twenty years old and entered eighty acres of land, returning then to Indiana.

In the summer of 1854 he came again to Iowa, built a log cabin on his eighty acres, broke part of the prairie sod with a team of oxen, and again returned to Indiana to be married.

In February 1856, he and his new wife, together with his sister, Mary, and her husband, Samuel VanNice, again came to Iowa, the men driving two teams and wagons, with their household goods, and the women by train and stage coach. Here on adjoining farms the two families began housekeeping and here Carrie E. Allen was born.

She attended school near LaGrange until she was almost 16 years old, when she began teaching her home school. During the next several years she taught various schools in Lucas County and attended and graduated from Missouri State Normal school at Kirksville, Missouri.

About the year 1885 she was chosen to teach the middle grades of the Russell schools. The Russell schools at that time consisted of three rooms, the upper room attended by the most advanced pupils, the middle or downstairs room and the smallest pupils met in a vacant room downstairs. Later Miss Allen was superintendent of the Russell schools. While in the latter position she was elected County Superintendent of the Lucas Co. schools and was re-elected twice, serving six years.

In 1897 she went to Chicago as a teacher in the grade schools of that city and continued teaching there for more than thirty years, retiring in 1927. Since that time she has lived in her own home in Russell.

She was a life long member of the Presbyterian Church, having united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at LaGrange in early life and coming into the Russell Church when the two were united. She was a regular attendant at Church as long as she was able.

She was a member of Chapter N of the PEO Society of Chariton, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a member of the National Historical Genealogical Society, membership in the latter was gained by her authorship of the genealogies of the VanNice family and the Allen family. She was also a member of the WCTU.

Through her long busy life, she always upheld the highest ideals in all her associations, and was faithful to her duties toward family, church, community and civic life. The quality of her character, the goodness and charity of her spirit will long be remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Isabelle Goltry and Mrs. Louisiana Johnson; three brothers, Chas E. Allen of Richland, Wash., Aylmer J. Allen of Russell, Iowa, and Dr. Lloyd R. Allen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and by many nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Richard Russell, were held at the Russell Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 4, 1951. Interment was in the Russell Cemetery.

Family links: 
  Tandy Clay Allen (1832 - 1922)
  Joanna Smith Van Nice Allen (1835 - 1923)
  Carrie Ellen Allen (1856 - 1951)
  Matilda Eliza Allen Cassity (1858 - 1897)*
  Sarah Adelaide Allen Prather (1860 - 1941)*
  Mary Isabel Allen Goltry (1861 - 1957)*
  Louisiana Allen Johnson (1863 - 1955)*
  Charles Edgar Allen (1865 - 1962)*
  Frederick Hadley Allen (1866 - 1946)*
  Henry Smith Allen (1869 - 1924)*
  Gertrude Marion Allen Wortman (1871 - 1936)*
  Aylmer Jay Allen (1873 - 1961)*
  Tandy Clay Allen (1876 - 1930)*
  Lloyd Raymond Allen (1878 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 1 Grave 14
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jun 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38539530
Carrie Ellen Nellie Allen
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Carrie Ellen Nellie Allen
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Carrie Ellen Nellie Allen
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In Loving Memory
 Added: Feb. 16, 2015

- Skip
 Added: Aug. 30, 2010

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