JOSEPH F(ranklin) ALLEN
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Review May 12, 1910 p 5
Joseph F. Allen was born June 9, 1841 and departed this life May 3, 1910, aged 40 years. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Allen, who came here from Kentucky, both having preceded him to the grave a number of years ago. At the age of 13 years he was left an orphan and went to live with his sister, Mrs. Doyel. In 1890 he was married to Rhoda L. McMullen and to this union were born three children: Audra, 13 years old, who with her mother are left to mourn the loss of a dear and affectionate (sic -- there were also Gladys and William M. - the obit is incorrect). father and husband. About 10 years ago he united with the Missionary Baptist Church at Brown's Valley. After his marriage his wife being a member of the Christian Church, he went with her to that church in Crawfordsville, where he was a member at the time of his death. It had been evident to his many friends for sevearl weeks this his life was that ebbing away and the complications of diseases which he had would sooner or later break the silver cords of life.
In his last sickness he fully realized he was approaching the other shore and a few days prior to his death he asked that two of his favorite hymns be sung which were The King's Business and I Want to Go There, don't you? After which, with tears of joy he expressed himself as being ever ready and willing to submit to the great Divine will of our Heavenly father which was a great consolation to his people.
Besides his lonely widow and children he leaves 3 brothers, James T. of Cincinnati, Ohio; Stephen T of Indianapolis; and John C. of Browns Valley; two sisters, Mrs. M.M. Doyel (Mary Melissa Allen, wife of Maxwell M. Doyel); and Ms. J.H. Galey (Julia Allen) of near Browns Valley. The funeral took place Thursday, May 5 at Crawfordsville at the home, 203 West Chestnut Street, conducted by Rev. Mansell, pastor of the Christian Church, Rev. Leonard Galey of the Baptist Church offered a beautiful prayer.
The flowers were beautiful and bountiful. The remains were laid at rest in the Masonic Cemetery. The pall bearers were the three brothers and three brothers-in-law of the decedent - typed by kbz