Reverend Moses Allen

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Moses Allen, Rev.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
Death: Died in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Drowning during attempted escape
Place of Burial: Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Allen and Elizabeth Allen
Husband of Elizabeth Allen
Brother of Jonathan ALLEN; Sarah Pomeroy; Thomas Allen, Rev.; Elizabeth Allen; Joseph Allen, Jr. and 10 others

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About Reverend Moses Allen

Moses Allen (14 September 1748 – 8 February 1779) was a minister of Midway, Georgia during the American Revolution.

Son of Joseph Allen (1712 - 1779) and Elizabeth Parsons (1716 - 1800), he was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and educated at the College of New Jersey. He may also have attended Princeton University. Moses Allen was licensed by the Presbytery of New Brunswick on 1 February 1774, and married Elizabeth Odingsell.

Reverend Allen preached at Christ Church Parish in Charleston, South Carolina and then moved to Savannah. There, he was ordained by Reverend John J. Zubly and William Tennent. He served in Rev. Zubly's place in Savannah while Zubly was attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Moses Allen then replaced the Reverend John Osgood at Midway Congregational Church, Georgia. Midway and the surrounding St. John's Parish were a hotbed of republican sentiment during the outbreak of the American Revolution.

In November 1778, General Augustine Prevost, military commander of British East Florida, dispersed the rebel sympathizers, and burned the meeting house and many dwelling houses in Midway. Allen fled to Savannah, but was captured when Savannah was taken in December. As chaplain to the Georgia brigade, and a vocal sympathizer for the American cause, he was sent to a prison ship in Charleston Harbor. He was drowned at Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina, in an attempt to escape. His body was found on a nearby island but the British captain refused boards for a coffin, so he was subsequently buried at sea.

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Reverend Moses Allen's Timeline

1748
September 14, 1748
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
1774
February 1, 1774
Age 25
1775
March 16, 1775
Age 26
Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, American Colonies [present United States]
1776
1776
- 1778
Age 27
Midway, Liberty, Georgia, American Colonies [present United States]
1778
November 1778
Age 30

Reverend Allen escaped to Savannah.

December 1778
Age 30
Savannah, Chathem, Georgia, American Colonies [present United States]
1779
February 8, 1779
Age 30
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
February 8, 1779
Age 30
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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