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Seneca Allen

Seneca Allen

by Vivian Karen Bush

Seneca Allen began recruiting for the Black Creek company at his home in the latter part of July 1861 and was elected Captain when the Company was complete. It became Company F of the 85th NY.


Seneca Allen, the youngest son of Calvin Allen, M.D., was born in the town of New Hudson on the 23rd day of April 1840.   At the age of 14 he entered Alfred University from which school he would have graduated, had not the call to arms for the defense of his country interrupted.   He raised Co. F. 85th N.Y., and was commissioned as captain and rose to the rank of Lieut. Col.   He was captured by the rebels at Plymouth and suffered the horrors of a rebel prison for nearly a year, being confined in Libbey, Charleston, and others.

At the close of the war he returned to his home and began the study of medicine with his father, in the village of Black Creek.   He completed his study in the University of Buffalo, from which school he was graduated in 1868.   He was married on the 14th day of March 1866 to Miss Hannah M. Swift who survives him.   In 1867 he started the drug business in the village of Cuba and in 1871 he associated with his brother Otis.   This business together with the practice was continued uninterruptedly until shortly before his death.   His specialty was surgery in which he wan an enviable reputation where his work was known and for which he could have accomplished [  ] things as a specialist had he but sought a wider field for his talents. For the past ten years he has been a sufferer of Brights Disease, and for the past [  ] has been confined to the house most of the time.   His death occurred Monday, Nov 14th 1892.   In accordance with the advanced views which he held [  ] so many subjects, his remains were sent to the Buffalo crematory for incineration.

Such is the necessarily brief and imperfect sketch of one whose life forms a part of the history of our town.   Those who knew him best appreciate the breadth of Intellect and grasp of subject which characterized the late Dr. Allen.   He was a great reader upon all topics, particularly upon all the advances made by scientific thought and discovery, and at his death left to one of the best if not the best, libraries in this section.   He was a bold thinker and the courage to follow his logical conclusions even when they led him in direct opposition to generally accepted notions.   he was a man of liberal views and was always ready to accord to an opponent sincerity of purpose.   Those who witnessed the magnificent struggle he made for this life can bear witness to the great will power and physical courage he exhibited.  But the way was rough , and though attended by loving bands his sufferings were great and the fate which was impending since his life in the rebel prison pens c-me down relentlessly up.  [   ] Bravely [ ] alone, he is [ rest is torn off]

Will of Seneca Allen

I, Seneca Allen of Cuba, N.Y. do make this my last Will as follows. I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Hannah all my property of every kind.  Also I hereby constitute my said wife Hannah executrix of this my last Will hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness wehre of I have hereunto subscribed my name this twentieth day of June 1891.   Seneca Allen
Witnessed by Charles S. Davis and J.C. Leggett of Cuba, NY.

Sources: History of the Black Creek Company, by Sylvenus A. Fay, 1st Lieutenant, Co. F., 85th Regiment NYS Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion; Obituary of Seneca Allen.

Obituary was contributed by Neva Gross, New Hudson Town Historian. Picture contributed by John Ball, 85th NY Historian, Civil War Plymouth Pilgrims Descendant Society.

New York Surrogate Records

See also the Otis Allen Obituary on the Allegany Co., New York Obituary board.

85th NY Company F


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