Wife of Col. John Allen, a veteran of the War of 1812.
Lt. Col. John Allen was born in Virginia in 1771 and was eight years old when his family moved to Kentucky. As an adult, he became a lawyer and politician. Allen lost the race for governor of Kentucky in 1808, but was elected to the U.S. Congress.
At the start of hostilities in 1812, Allen raised and commanded Kentucky's 1st Rifle Regiment. He led the American right wing at the Battle of French Town on January 18, 1813, and was in charge of the American center, which was ordered to bolster the retreating right wing on the 22nd. Allen was killed during the retreat, becoming the senior American officer to die at the Battle of the River Raisin. Allen County, Kentucky, was named in his honor.
- by Ralph Naveaux
1771–1813 (m. 1799)