Thursday, November 05, 2009
William Burrows ALLEN was the most recent person buried in this private cemetery. His family has not put his death year on the stone but it will read 2009.
Mr. Allen bore the name of his Burrows ancestors as he was the only child of William Elijah ALLEN and Phebe GREENE. His mother Phebe is buried beside him but his father, William Elijah BURROWS died first and he is buried with his parents in the Pocasset Cemetery in Warwick, RI. I used Find a Grave to locate that gravestone.
William Burrows ALLEN 10 (William Elijah9, Benjamin8, Benjamin7, Benjamin6, Nathan5, John4, John3, John2, Robert1) was born 5 Feb 1915 in Cranston, Rhode Island. This is the city where I grew up!
He graduated from Cranston High School [East] in Cranston, RI, attended Bowdoin College in Maine but graduated in 1939 from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Biology [source of date: URI's alumni magazine Quadangles Fall 2009, p. 38 and his obituary] Mr. Allen held a Master's degree in geology from the University of Missouir at Columbia. He was a WWII vet and played tennis beyond his 80th birthday. [More information can be found in his obituary and on page 156-157 of the Burrows genealogy]
Mr. Allen married Agnes DROVER, who was born 27 May 1912, in St. John's, Newfoundland. She came to the United States in 1938 and lived in New Hampshire prior to her marriage. I see from her gravestone that she may have been called Ada. Agnes died in 2004.
William and Agnes were the parents of four children all of whom may still be living as they were about my age.
I remember Mr. Allen as his parents had a beach cabana near my grandparents.
He died 20 Apr 2009 [source: Obit from Tucker-Quinn Funeral Home]