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Rev William Cartwright Allen

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Rev William Cartwright Allen

  • Birth 27 Jun 1852 Ontario, Canada
  • Death 7 Dec 1930 Millbrook, Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Ida, Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada
  • Memorial ID 73134712

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William Cartwright Allen, who was Canon Allen for much of his life was the second oldest in a family of 8 boys. He was an assistant and then minister of St. John's Anglican Church, Ida for many years - 1883-1928. He lived at a home called "Shenley" in Millbrook. It was named after Shenley, Hertfordshire in England where he spent some of his training and where he met his wife Mary.

George Wilson recalls attending church in the 1920's and says there was a minister there who had a "whistle to his voice" when he spoke. He was sure it was William Cartwright as he says the minister is buried in the south corner of the cemetary.

In a telegram which Clare's grandmother Allen sent to her brother in law, George Gordon, dated December 7, 1930, she said "Willie died ten AM today. Funeral two PM Tuesday". An extract from a letter dated Dec 22, 1931 from Clare's mother to my mother says, "Father died just over a year ago-- had pernicious anaemia for 11 years but cause of death was dropsy."

In the Peterborough Examiner, of Wednesday, Dec 10, 1930, a writeup of the funeral says in part;

"William Cartwright Allen was the second of the eight sons of the late Ven. Archdeacon Thomas W. Allen, M.A., D.C.A., who celebrated his deamond jubilee during 52 years of service as rector of the parish of Millbrook and Cavan. Mr. Allen received his early Public and High School education at his home town, Lindsay, and Omemee and afterward attended Trinity College School, Port Hope, winning the First Scholarship of his year, 1869. Later, as an undergraduate of Trinity College, Toronto, he won both classical and divinity prizes, taking his B.A. degree in 1874 and his M.A. in 1877; his ordination to the Diamconate took place in the following year and to the priesthood in 1879. Mr Allen first curacy was at St. John's Curch, Peterborough, where he remained for two years, going then to Port Hope as Assistant Master of Trinity College School, a position he filled with honour until 1881 when he went to England, engaging in missionary work in which considerable travelling was involved. Leter he toured Europe and Palestine and upon his return to England was appointed to a curacy at Shenley, Hertfordshire, where me met the lady who afterward became his wife, Mary Linnecar, daughter of the prominent physician, Dr. Linnecar, Mrs. Allen prooving herself an exceptional helpmeet and devoting herself with her husband to the work of the Church.


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  • Created by: Jeannie
  • Added: 10 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73134712
  • Jeannie
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Cartwright Allen (27 Jun 1852–7 Dec 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73134712, citing Saint Johns Anglican Cemetery, Ida, Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Jeannie (contributor 47356620) .