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Alexander Alma Allen

Also Known As: "Alaxander", "Alex"
Birthplace: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Death: July 31, 1916 (70)
Logan, Cache, Utah, United States (Diabetes mellitus)
Place of Burial: Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ezra Heela Allen and Sarah Beriah Ricks
Husband of Maria Elinor Allen and Elizabeth Heaver Allen
Father of Sarah Eveline Brown; Ezra James Allen; Annie Elizabeth Allen; Maria Elinor Larson; Amorette Allen and 11 others
Brother of Cynthia Amorette Ricks and Jerusha Elvira Allen
Half brother of Jerusha Elvira Ricks; Ezra Varnum Ricks; Ellen Jane Nibley; Joel Edward Ricks; Adelia Ricks and 3 others

Occupation: Farmer, sawmill operator
Managed by: Private User
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About Alexander Alma Allen

Alexander Alma Allen (1845 - 1916), fourth child and second son of Ezra Heela Allen (1814 - 1848) and Sarah Beriah Fiske (1819 - 1891), was born 28 September 1845 at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; he died at the age of 70 on 31 July 1916 at Logan, Cache County, Utah, and was buried at Logan City Cemetery, Plot: A_ 40_ 53_ 2.

Marriages and Children

  1. Maria Elinor Cowley (1847 - 1916), daughter of Charles Cowley and Ann Killip, married 5 April 1869 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory; they had eight children:
    1. Sarah Eveline Allen (1870 - 1922)
    2. Ezra James Allen (1871 - 1933)
    3. Annie Elizabeth Allen (1873 - 1958)
    4. Marie Elinor Allen (1874 - 1938)
    5. Amorett Allen (1876 - 1971)
    6. Alexander Charles Allen (1880 - 1941)
    7. Mary Amelia Allen (1883 - 1963)
    8. Alice Adeline Allen (1885 - 1913)
  2. Elizabeth Clark (1847 - 1949), daughter of Elizabeth Heaver and John Henry Clark, married Alexander Alma Allen as his second wife in polygamy, 11 April 1878 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; they had eight children:
    1. Oliver Alma Allen (1879 - 1957)
    2. Ethan John Allen (1880 - 1963)
    3. Ellen Elizabeth Allen (1883 - 1945)
    4. Royal Allen (1885 - 1909)
    5. Nettie Allen (1887 - 1971)
    6. Iven Adelia Allen (1891 - 1984)
    7. Orin William Allen (1892 - 1918)
    8. Luella Emily Allen (1898 - 1989)

Biographical Sketch

Alexander Alma Allen was born 28 September 1845 at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, the fourth child of Ezra Hale Allen and Sarah Seriah Fiske. His parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after its founding in New York. They followed the church to Ohio and then to Iowa. While in Iowa, his father joined the Mormon Battalion and was eventually killed in California at what has become known as Tragedy Spring. Two pouches of California gold panned by Ezra Hale Allen were eventually returned to Sarah, who had two golden wedding bands made from it and used the rest to take her family to Utah with the John Tidwell Company in 1852.

Alexander's mother taught school in Salt Lake City, then moved the family to Centerville and married Joel Ricks. Later they moved to Farmington, Davis County, Utah, where his stepfather ran a tannery. When Alexander was 14, the family moved to Cache Valley. After settling in, Alexander accompanied his stepfather to Logan Canyon, and helped Joel Ricks started a sawmill.

In the winter of 1859, Alexander went to live with his sister, Emoretta Allen Ricks, who had married Lewis Ricks. Alexander and his sister and her husband went to Bear Lake, Idaho, to find work. They cut hay in Emigration Canyon and hauled it across the lake for livestock. Later, Alexander carried mail between Bear Lake Valley and Cache Valley. While driving cattle to Bear Lake, he wrestled with an Indian who wanted to steal the cattle. Alexander won the fight and the Indians rode away.

On 4 April, 1869, Alexander married Maria Cowley in Salt Lake City. The young couple lived with her parents until he was able to build a log cabin in Logan. While building the cabin, Alexander lost control of his team and suffered an injury that bothered him for the rest of his life. He later ran a sawmill with Maria's brother, John Cowley, where he sawed the lumber for the Logan Temple.

Alexander Alma Allen was called to serve as the first bishop of Weston Ward, Weston, Idaho, on 22 February 1867. He sold the cabin in Logan and moved the family to Weston, where his daughter, Amoretta, was born. In 1876 the ward built a new meeting house which cost $800 - an astronomical sum for that time, but the ward members paid it off that year.

When the United Order was organized in 1877, Alexander Alma Allen was elected President. The Coon Store, Relief Society and Mutual Society were organized, and branches were formed at Trenton and Dayton.

In 1878, he married a second wife, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Clarke. He was called to serve a mission to Virginia and South Carolina, leaving his wives children on 4 May 1885 in the midst of political and social upheaval over the LDS practice of polygamy. He was released from his mission after only one year, due to illness, and returned to working in sawmills in Logan and in Hams Fork Canyon, Wyoming. In Hams Fork, Alexander worked for Hodge and Nibley until the sawmill burnt down. Although the men fought hard to save it, everything was lost, including Alexander's wagon, a set of harnesses, and all of the lumber. Even the saw was warped and ruined from the heat of the flames. The owners owed Alexander $1000 in wages but were unable to pay him because they'd lost everything in the fire.

In 1903 he sold the Weston house and moved back to Logan, where he lived until his death from complications of diabetes on 31 July 1916. Elizabeth Clarke had filed for a civil divorce in order to obtain relief from prosecution over the practice of polygamy. Their son, Ethan, built her a house in Logan. Following Alexander's death, his first wife, Maria, lived with Elizabeth for the rest of her life.


  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel: Alexander Alma Allen
  • "United States Census, 1880." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Web. 19 June 2011. <>. NARA Film Number: T9-0173, Page: 277, Page Character: B, Entry Number: 1001, Film number: 1254173
  • "United States Census, 1900." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Web. 19 June 2011. <>. Enumeration District: 0093, Sheet Number and Letter: 5A, Household ID: 85, Reference Number: 40, GSU Film Number: 1240234, Image Number: 00000383
  • "United States Census, 1910." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Web. 19 June 2011. <>. Family Number: 187, Page Number: 10
  • "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Mar 2014), Alexander Alma Allan, 31 Jul 1916; citing Logan, Cache, Utah, certificate 159, State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 2229573.
  • Find-A-Grave Memorial #29151800
  • Profile at KWCK-XBM
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 713
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 298
  • Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848. Name: Alexander Alma Allen; Gender: Male; Relationship to Primary Person: Self (Head); Father: Ezra Hela Allen; Mother: Sarah B Fiske; Birth Date: 28 Sep 1845; Alternate Birth Dates: Sep 28, 1846; Birth Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA; Marriage Date: 11 Apr 1876; Marriage Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA; Death Date: 31 Jul 1916; Death Place: Logan, Cache, Utah, USA; Burial Date: 2 Aug 1916; Residences: 1845-1852; Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA 1852; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA 1870-1876; Logan, Cache, Utah, USA 1880; Weston, Oneida, Idaho, USA. LDS Church Ordinance Data: Baptism Date: April 5, 1853 Ordained Bishop Date: May 21, 1877 Weston, Oneida, ID, USA Ordained High Priest Date: February 22, 1876. LDS Temple Ordinance Data: Endowment Date: December 1864 Sealed to Spouse Date: April 5, 1869 Temple: Endowment House in Salt Lake City Sealed to Spouse Date: April 11, 1878. Vocations: Policeman Justice of the Peace. Comments: Alexander Alma served as Bishop of the Weston Ward, Franklin Stake, Idaho from 1877-1886. Alexander Alma came to Utah in Sept. 14, 1852. Alexander Alma served a mission to the Southern States from 1885-1886. Alexande. Household Members: Alexander Alma Allen Self (Head); Maria Elinor Cowley Spouse; Sarah Evaline Allen Child; Ezra James Allen Child; Annie Elizabeth Allen Child; Maria Elinor Allen Child; Amorette Allen Child; Alexander Charles Allen Child; Mary Amelia Allen Child; Alice Adaline Allen Child; Oliver Alma Allen Child; Ethan John Allen Child; Elinore Elizabeth Allen Child; Royal Allen Child; Nettie Allen Child; Iven Adeline Allen Child; Orin William Allen Child; Luella Emily Allen Child. Source Information: Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Black, Susan Easton, compiler. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1848. 50 vols. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989. Private Donor.
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Alexander Alma Allen's Timeline

September 28, 1845
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
April 5, 1853
Age 7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
April 26, 1870
Age 24
Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States
April 9, 1871
Age 25
Logan, Cache County, Utah Territory, United States
September 9, 1873
Age 27
Logan, Cache County, Utah Territory, United States
June 27, 1874
Age 28
Logan, Cache County, Utah Territory, United States
Age 30
January 9, 1879
Age 33