Allen, William

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


William Allen was bron 8/22/1860, the son of of Sylvester Allen and Sarah Allen. His siblings were:

  • Mary Ann Allen (b. 1/1840, d.8/16/1913)
  • Julia Allen (b. @1844, d. before 1906)
  • Almira E. Allen (b. 9/25/1846, m. Jacob Van Benscoten)
  • Catherine Allen (b. 1848, m. Elam Williams, d.5/17/1927) Catherine's daughter Emma Williams married Homer Frink of Altamont
  • Mary C. Allen (b.3/30/1849, d. 10/3/1853)
  • Augusta Olivia Allen (b.8/5/1851, m. Seymour Armstrong 12/25/1877, d. 2/5/1937 in Albany)
  • Celinda Allen (b. 3/9/1853, d.4/5/1854 in Knox)
  • Martha O. Allen (b. @1857)



Marriage & Children

William Allen married Edith Ostrander in 1885.


William Allen, a lifelong resident of the town of Knox, passed peacefully away Dec. 17, 1917.


Obituary - Altamont Enterprise — January 4, 1918

William Allen
William Allen, a lifelong resident of the town of Knox, passed peacefully away Dec. 17, 1917. He was the son of Sylvester and Sarah Allen and at their deaths he became the occupant of the borne place, taking as his companion Edith Ostrander, to whom he was married in 1885.

He was interested in any movement that made for the betterment of his community and did what he could to make life worth while. In order that his influence might be of the positive kind, he identified himself with the Knox Methodist Episcopal church in 1887, and has been a consistent member. He was looked upon as one of the leaders of Methodism, and the church feels that in his departure a pillar has been broken down.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, and four sisters, Mrs. Snider of Gallupville, Mrs. Van Benscoten of Altamont; Mrs. Williams of Knox and Mrs. Armstrong of Albany. Besides these, he leaves a host of nephews and nieces and a large company of friends. He will be missed in the life of the community, his place will be hard to fill in the life of the church, and in the home there is but One who can take his place, and to that One who is a Friend who sticketh closer than a brother, and who never takes His departure, we commit her, who was a companion and helpmeet, toiled and struggled along life's path at his side.

Altamont Enterprise - January 4, 1918

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