Charles P. Allen
Charles Parsons Allen was born February 16, 1844, at
Irasburg, Vermont. He
began his classical education at Norwich, Vermont, and entered college at the beginning
of Freshman year, August 24, 1860. He left us at the end of the first term. He was the
son of the late Hon. Ira H. Allen, a man of wide repute and large wealth, who was a
nephew of Ethan Allen.
After leaving college, he studied law in the office of Hon. Heman S. Royce, of St.
Albans, Vermont, and was for two years at Albany Law School, graduating from that
school, and was admitted to the bar in Albany, New York, and also in Franklin and
Orleans Counties, Vermont. He never entered upon the practice of his profession, as the
large estate of his father early fell to his charge, and occupied his attention from early
He was a Republican in politics, and represented the town of Irasburg in the
Vermont Legislature in 1867-8.
In all the walks of life, he displayed much ability, conscientious honesty, and
something of the independent, dauntless strength of character for which the hero of
Ticonderoga was so famous.
About the first of January, 1872, he purchased a large estate in South Side,
Virginia, where he expected to make his Winter home. Very soon after, while upon a
hunting campaign, an amusement of which he was very fond, he contracted a severe cold
from great exposure, which induced a lung trouble. He paid little attention to it at first,
his theory of recovery being to toughen himself by exposure; but soon feeling that his
symptoms were assuming more seriousness, he spent the Winter and Spring of 1872 in
Florida, and the Winter of 1873 in Florida and Cuba. Continuing in poor health for
several years, he at length left Virginia the last of April, 1877, and went to Dr. Jackson's
"Cure,'' in Dansville, New York. At the same time, his wife, who was in very feeble
health, went with her mother to her former home in Peoria, Illinois. While at Dansville,
he would allow no letters to be written to his wife, except of an encouraging character.
By accident, a patient there from St. Albans, Vermont, heard his name and condition
mentioned, and wrote to their St. Albans friends about him. The facts coming to the
knowledge of his aunt, Mrs. H. S. Royce, she went immediately to Dansville, and, with
the aid of two male nurses, took him to her home in St. Albans, where he died on May
30, 1877, of consumption, in about one week after his arrival. His disease was
complicated with Bright's disease of the kidneys. He was buried at Irasburg, his native
town. His wife died at Peoria, Illinois, on August 4, 1877, and her remains were taken to
Irasburg, and laid beside those of her husband.
He was married February 1, 1876, to Miss Lizzie P. Pulsifer, of Peoria, Illinois.
They have one child, Lizzie Pulsifer, who was born January 31, 1877, at Randolph,
Virginia, and who still lives as the ward of Sidney Pulsifer, her mother's father.
In religion, Allen was an Episcopalian. Mr. Pulsifer writes me that "he was
possessed of great nobility of character, and a more unselfish man I never knew."
of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" compiled by
John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884,
Charles P. Allen member of the Class of 1864 at Dartmouth College