John W Allen

Tennessee, USA
Death 1 Mar 1907 (aged 86)
Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Nashville, Kingman County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 201886135 View Source


NASHVILLE. (Barton.)
On last Friday morning, March 1st, about 4 o'clock in the morning, John Allen departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John A. Baker, who lives south of Nashville in Jasper county. The cause of his death was lagrippe.

Mr. Allen was something over 86 years old at the time of his death. He has been making his home with his two daughters, Mrs. Chloe Moody of Galena, Kansas, and Mrs. Lucy Baker of this place for a long time.

He was very fond of hunting and fishing and was always lucky in fishing, and he liked very much to tell funny stories. He was well thought of around here and there was a large concourse of people out.

The funeral services were held at the Christian church on Saturday about 11 o’clock by Rev. Joseph DeJarnett. His wife preceded him some ten or twelve years ago. The Interment was made in the Nashville cemetery.

The Pittsburg Daily Headlight
Pittsburg, Kansas
07 March 1907, Thursday, Page 6

Out at Nashville, last week, was buried one of the most quaint and unique old men in the whole country. It was John Allen, known for the past forty years in this section as the “Governor”. The deceased is believed to have been born in 1820, back in Nashville, Tennessee.

The “governor” as he was half jocularly, and half affectionately called, was beyond doubt the raw material for a great writer of fiction. He had an imagination that was the equal of the fancy of Rider Haggard. He was not appreciated by those around him. The flights of his imagination, properly dressed up and published in some distant magazine, would have charmed and pleased thousands of readers. But among the plodding, matter of fact friends and acquaintances of the governor, they were merely “lies”, but they were not lies. They were never malicious. They were pure flights of imagination.

It was one of the favorite pastimes of the governor to pretend that he possessed vast wealth. With many mysterious nods of his head, he would make allusion to vast sums which he had in government bonds, to say nothing of vast properties in New York.

His mind was strongly impregnated with those lurid tales of western adventure and romantic enterprise, which in his youth were told about the hearthstones of the country which produced Sam Houston and Andrew Jackson. In fact the old gentleman gained his soubriquet as “governor”, by history which he gravely related to the boys out at Nashville, many years ago. He was twice elected governor of Tennessee, he declared. The first term he served, but the second time was too much for him, so he gathered up his belongings and fled the state.

His highly skillful description of his right b’ar fights and blood thirsty “painters”, in the early days of Tennessee’s history would have made many full volumes of adventures for boys, far ahead of the feeble stuff put out by some of the popular juvenile writers of the present day.

The Pittsburg Headlight
Pittsburg, Kansas
14 March 1907, Thursday, Page 8

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