Forreston Herald - March 22, 1900:

Died: Mrs. Elizabeth (Swingley) Allen died at her home in Mt. Morris, March 17, 1900.
She was born in Washington County, Maryland, in 1822, being at the time of her death seventy-seven years of age. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary Swingley. She was married to Quinby Allen in 1841. She has four children living, Robert Q., Mrs. Robert McClure and Edward of this place, and Mrs. Cosgrove of Chicago. The funeral was preached in the Lutheran Church, Wednesday forenoon, of which church she was a member. She was buried at the cemetery west of town, where her husband was buried years ago. She has a great many relatives and friends by whom she will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Morgan


Mount Morris News, Mount Morris, IL - Wednesday, March 31, 1900 p. 8, col. 3


Miss Elizabeth Swingley daughter of Michael and Mary Swingley, was born in Washington County, Maryland, November 28, 1822, and died in Mt. Morris, Monday, March 19, 1900, aged 77 years, 3 months and 19 days. She was married to Quimby A. Allen March 4, 1841, and came with her husband to Illinois in 1845. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom: Robert Q., Edwin J., Mrs. R. D. McClure, of this place, and Mrs. Wm. H. Cosgrove of Chicago survive her.

Grandma Allen, as she was affectionately known throughout this section, united with the Lutheran Church in early childhood and was until the time of her death a faithful worshipper at that altar. Even in her latter days, when the step was feeble and faltering, she would be seen nearly every Sunday morning, prayer-book in hand, slowly making her way to the house of worship. Her life was made up of good deeds and her death will be deeply mourned by the entire community.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Lipe in the Lutheran Church this forenoon at 10 o'clock. The remains were laid to rest by the side of her departed husband in the family lot in Oakwood.

Contributed by Peg Allen Arnold

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