|Birth: ||May 26, 1859|
|Death: ||May 12, 1935|
(Galesburg's newspaper, May 12, 1935, contributed by Janet Durst)
Mrs. Susan Allen, the oldest colored resident of the city and widow of the late John R. Allen, died at the family home, 1412 Mulberry, Sunday morning after a long illness. Susan Elizabeth Cannon was the only daughter of Jonas and Clarissa Richardson Cannon born in Galesburg, May 26, 1859. She was educated for missionary work at the United Presbyterian church and the Monmouth academy. She was the grand-daughter of Thomas and Susan Richardson who came from Warren county, Ky. with nine children by way of the underground railroad and settled in this city in early times. They were cared for by the Ferris family. Thomas and Susan Richardson were the parents of the late Mrs. Ella Arnold.
Susan married John R. Allen in Galesburg over 56 years ago. He died in 1933. They had 20 children. Seven survive - Mrs. Ethel Dawson of Rock Island; Alfonso L. Allen of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Eva Solomon; Mrs. Mary Houta Fleming, Mrs. Susan Rogers and Miss Bertha Green Allen, both of Galesburg. She had five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her grandmother was the main organizer of the Allen chapel A. M. E. in which she contributed and was christened at an early age.
She served as the trustee, steward and president of the Women's Progressive League as well as the Autumn Leaf Missionary Society.
For the past four years, Mrs. Allen was the chairman of the colored people for the Lake Storey Illinois Association. She was also a member of the Colored Women's Club, ie. the central district of colored women. She was a staunch Republican and a fluent speaker for her race as a whole. She took pride in assisting professor J. H. Atwood at Knox College in gathering data for the colored history of the county which was for the anniversary of the college.
Funeral services is on Wednesday afternoon at the A. M. E. church. Order of the Eastern Star is in charge.
Thanks to contributor Angelic Long Wilmouth for this info
John Richard Allen (1855 - 1933)*
Eva V Allen Solomon (1874 - 1965)*
Mabel Allen (1879 - 1891)*
James Henry Allen (1881 - 1927)*
John Jay Allen (1889 - 1907)*
Illa Belle Allen (1890 - 1919)*
Alfonso Leslie Allen (1892 - 1940)*
Plot: Block 3, Lot 17, Grave W 1/2
Created by: Talbot Fisher
Record added: Jun 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71977485