Bushrod Warren Allin Obituary


Bushrod Warren Allin, 1843-1899, Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Saturday, February 4, 1899

Death of Bushrod Allin

Mr. Bushrod Warren Allin died of pneumonia, Tuesday, 5 o’clock p.m., at his home in Springs Addition.  He was confined two weeks quite ill all the time.  At first, he seemed to be afflicted with the grip; and then suffered with his old malady, asthma, and finally pneumonia succeeded.  No other man in this county was better known or more universally respected and beloved than was Bush Allin.  He was the fourth of the nine children of the late Colonel Ben C. and Mrs. Susan Warren Allin, and was born February 6, 1843.  Of his father’s family, only four survive, Messrs. Phil T. Allin, of Cleburn, Texas, and William B. Allin, of this place; Mrs. Kate Wilson, of Muncie, Indiana; and Mrs. Mollie Reichenberg, of Louisville.

He acquired a liberal education at Kentucky University, and in his early manhood, 1862, enlisted in Company E, Second Kentucky Cavalry, and gallantly and faithfully served until the close of the war.  He shirked no duty and shunned no danger.  When the Confederate Veteran Association was formed here, his old comrades in arms showed their appreciation of his soldierly conduct and the esteem and confidence they bore him by selecting him as the Captain of William Preston Camp; and he continued to hold the office of president of the association until his lamentable death.

In the autumn of 1865 he was married to Miss Lucy Hawkins, a most estimable young lady of Woodford County, who survives to mourn the loss of a most faithful and devoted husband.  Thirteen children blessed this happy union, of whom twelve are still living.  for twenty years he was deputy county clerk, under his father; and in April, 1885, was nominated by the Democratic Party as a candidate for the office of circuit clerk, and in August of that year was elected by a large majority.  Twice he was re-elected to the position, and was in the second year of his third term when the angel of death summoned him from labor to eternal rest, Thursday, forenoon.  The members of the Mercer County Bar and officers of the county and circuit courts met in the court room to take action in regard to the deceased.  The meeting was called to order and County Judge Ben F. Roach was unanimously selected as chairman and Mr. J. Newton Prather made secretary, with Mr. Owen McIntyre, reporter for the Democrat, as assistant secretary.  A committee of five on resolution was named by the chairman, who reported the following resolutions, which were passed:

Resolved – That in the death of Bush W. Allin, Clerk of the Mercer Circuit Court, on January 31, 1899, the community has lost a most excellent citizen, his family a kind and loving husband and father, the church of his choice, a true christian, the county, a faithful and efficient officer; and we, his brethren, officers of the court, a most obliging and courteous fellow-worker.  The whole body of the community sincerely mourn his death.  He was 56 years old, and had most efficiently filled the office of clerk or deputy for thirty-five years.

Resolved – That these resolutions be spread at large, on the records of the Mercer Circuit and County Courts, a copy be furnished to his family, and the same be published in each of our city papers.  Thomas C. Bell, E. H. Gaither, C. A. Hardin, John L. Forsythe, D. B. Chatham.

A resolution declaring that the members of the bar and officers of the courts would attend the funeral in a body was also unanimously passed, and the meeting adjourned.

The funeral was conducted Thursday, 2 o’clock, p.m., at the Christian Church by the pastor, Rev. Atkins, and the remains taken charge of for burial by Montgomery Lodge, I.O.O.F.  The deceased was of a noble character and lovable disposition, his home life beautiful, his official life faithful and efficient.  Affable and sociable as a friend, trustful, hopeful and meek as a Christian, he ever had the innate courage of a soldier.


Allin Family Plot, Spring Hill Cemetery

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