|Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution|
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Philip Allen (1757-1845) was born July 9, 1757, at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was living in Brookfield, Massachusetts at the outbreak of the American Revolution and enlisted in July 1775, at age 18, in Captain Jonathan Packard's Company of Colonel David Brewster's Regiment. He served in that unit as a private for two months. Allen re-enlisted for seven and one-half months in Captain Jonathan Wright's Company of Colonel James Converse's Fourth Worcester Regiment in September 1775. Subsequently, he served in Captain Hamilton's Company of Colonel Samuel Brewster's Regiment from August 3, 1776 to September 30, 1776 and also in Captain Daniel Gilberts Company of Colonel Job Cushing's Regiment from July 3, 1777 to September 2, 1777. Allen rejoined Colonel Converse's command and served 22 days in Captain Asa Danforth's Company. Philip Allen participated in the battles of Half Moon and Bennington and was present at the surrender of General John Burgoyne and his forces at Saratoga, New York. Allen joined General Gates' army on September 23, 1777, after a forced march from Brookfield, Massachusetts. Burgoyne surrendered on October 17, 1777. During the revolution Allen served with six different units over an eighteen month period.
After the war Philip Allen married Sally Keys at Brookfield, Massachusetts, on March 20, 1782. Allen died on his birthday, at age 88, on July 9, 1845, at Allen's Grove, Wisconsin, and is buried in the Mount Philip Cemetery, two miles west of Darien, located in the Town of Bradford, Section 36, Rock County, Wisconsin. Allen was a pensioner.
To find the cemetery, one takes Highway 14 east from Janesville to the Village of Darien. Take County Highway X west out of Darien for about two miles to S. Summerville Road. Turn right on Summerville; go under the Interstate to B-C Townline Road. Turn right. A short distance down the road (about a mile) the road dead-ends. The cemetery is on the dead-end portion of the road on the left. Allen's grave is on the left near the crest of the hill in the cemetery. There are other Allen markers near his. The Philip Allen DAR Chapter marked his grave on May 28, 1939. A Wisconsin Historic Marker was installed on May 29, 2005.
GPS coordinates -- N42.58258°; W088.7861°
(Reprinted from Solders of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin by Robert G. Carroon, who was Curator of Research Collections for the Milwaukee Country Historical Society in 1975.)