Allen, William B. 1852-1935 Morris Obituary
William B. Allen
Morris, Jan. 22---Willaim B. Allen, one of the most respected citizens of Morris, who had been spending the winter with friends in Melbourne, Fla., passed away at the Melbourne hospital Thursday night at 7:45 from the effects of an illness of many weeks' duration.
Mr. Allen, youngest child of Benjamin and Olive (Braddock) Allen, was born February 3, 1852, in New Lisbon, near Myers' Mills. When but a year old his parents purchased the farm above the upper Dimmock Hollow school in Morris, which was afterwards the Allen homestead for 72 years. Early in life he became associated with his father on the farm and he continued to operate it until failing health finally made it necessary for him to dispose of it. He also dealt extensively in lumber and conducted a saw mill on his farm, employing quite a force of men.
On May 20, 1872, Mr. Allen married Miss Melissa D. White of Smithville Flats, who died in 1912. To them were born four daughters: Mrs. Andrew Baulf, whose death occurred in 1906; Mrs. Leon Wells of South New Berlin; Mrs. Levern Lull and Mrs. Harold Sargent of Morris.
Mr. Allen sold his farm in 1925 and came to Morris village to live with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Levern Lull, of East Main street. He was a great lover of the out-of-doors and spent many hours during the warm weather fishing.
Early last December, he went to Melbourne, Fla., to spend the winter with Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Fischesser. Becoming very ill, he entered the Melbourne hospital the day after Christmas. His daughter, Mrs. Levern Lull, was with him during the last week of his sickness.
Mr. Allen was a genial man, beloved not only by his own family, but by a host of friends. “Uncle Bill,” as he was familiarly known, was always welcomed by old and young and many are there who will mourn his passing.
Immediate surviving relatives are the three daughters, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, one great, great grandchild, also one niece, Mrs. Merton R. Poter, of Schenectady, to all of whom sincere sympathy is extended.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. F. G. Leonard of the Universalist church, were held at his late home this afternoon at 1:30. Interment was in the family plot on the hill in the old part of Hillington cemetery.
Date of death would be January 17, 1935