During the “Great Rebellion” the most common
occupation, on either side, was that of farmer. So it was with Charles W.
Allen who was born in Johnston, New York on May 8, 1842. His father,
Hiram Washburn Allen (1816-1863) came from a farming family in the Penfield,
New York area and would continue in this occupation until his death. His
mother, Martha St .John, also came from a farming family and together his
parents would produce nine children; Hiram B, James N., Charles W., Calvin H.,
Peter A., Walter S., Sarah E., Roe H., and Harry H. and were members of
the Episcopalian Church. According to the New York State Census of 1855, the
family enjoyed living in a comfortable framed house, had $2,000 worth of real
estate and some $800 worth of income.
Walter would enlist in the 62d on June 10,
1861 in New York City and was mustered into Company G on June 30, 1861.
About the same time his brother, Calvin, enlisted into Company B. of the 9th New
York Heavy Artillery. In 1862, Charles W. married Emily Sweets and they would
eventually have five children; Hiram B, Ivan J., Howard , Hattie (Harriet) V.
and Allison E.. Charles Allen fought with his Regiment and re-enlisted as
a veteran on January 1,1864 at Brandy Station. He was promoted to Full
Corporal on May 31, 1864 and was later wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek
during the Shenandoah campaign under General Sheridan. While the nature
of the wound could not be found, it was serious enough to keep him hospitalized
until he was discharged from De Camp Hospital, David’s Island, in New York
harbor on October 3, 1865.
After his discharge
from service, Charles returned
to Penfield and continued farming. The 1870 Federal Census, the
1875 New York State Census ,and the 1880 Federal Census continued to show
his occupation as farmer. By the 1900 Federal Census, Charles, Emily,
their daughter Hattie, and Granddaughter Mary had moved to Rochester, New
York, where he was listed as head of household, but no occupation was
given. The 1905 New York Census revealed that the family continued to
live in Rochester, and that his occupation was now a mason contractor.
Hattie was employed as a phone operator.
1910 Charles Wesley Allen, formerly of
the 62d New York, died and was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Penfield ,
New York. No record for the cause of death or that he received any
pension for his service to his country could be found. Emily would follow
him in 1927.