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William Coleman Allen biography

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Identifier: MSS SC 769

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of short typewritten biography. Crossed the plains to Utah with the pioneers as a child in 1847, settled with family in Mill Creek Canyon and, in 1851, in Draper. In 1876, called by Brigham Young to head the colonization of the Little Colorado River settlements in Arizona. Moved back to Draper in 1884.


  • 1843-1917


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from George S. Tanner Collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William C. Allen (1843-1926) was an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pioneer, and colonizer.

William C. Allen was born on February 14, 1843 in Wadesboro, Kentucky, to parents Andrew Jackson Allen and Delilah Emaline Bennett Andrews. In 1847, Allen immigrated to Utah, crossing the plains with Mormon pioneers as a child. He went on to marry Lovina Jane Smith on January 12, 1867. They were married by Wilford Woodruff in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah, and together they had 14 children. He and his family settled in Mill Creek Canyon and Draper, Utah. Allen served in the Utah Territorial Militia beginning in 1862. In 1876, Allen was called by Brigham Young to head the colonization of the Little Colorado River settlements in Arizona. He and another group of early church members founded Allen's Camp (now Joseph City), Arizona. He passed away on March 17, 1926 in Draper, Utah.


1 item (8 leaves)

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition

George S. Tanner Collection.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of William Coleman Allen biography
In Progress
Elisa Visick
2010 July 16
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States