John Allen (soldier)
|Born||December 30, 1771|
Rockbridge County, Virginia
|Died||January 22, 1813 (aged 41)|
River Raisin, Michigan Territory
|Commands held||1st Regiment of Riflemen|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812: Battle of Frenchtown|
|Other work||State Senator, Kentucky (1807-1813)|
Allen was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and moved with his father to Kentucky in 1779. He went to school in Bardstown, Kentucky and studied law in Staunton, Virginia. He then returned to Kentucky to law practice in Shelbyville. He was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1807, and served until his death.
Early in the War of 1812, Allen raised the 1st Regiment of Riflemen to serve under General William Henry Harrison. Allen was commissioned its colonel. He was killed in action while leading his men at the Battle of Frenchtown on the River Raisin in southeast Michigan.
- Helen Winemiller Wood. The Naming of Allen County. Lima, Ohio: Longmeier, 1984
- Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Allen, John". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- Lanman, Charles (2005) . "Biographical History of Michigan". The red book of Michigan; a civil, military and biographical history. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. p. 415. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
- The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 34.
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