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Thomas Allender (1840-1929)
Thomas Allender, one of the old settlers of Tucker County, WV, died at the home of a granddaughter, Mars. Robert Swisher, near Brown's Mill in Clover, on Tuesday evening at 5:00, from infirmities incident to old age.
The deceased, a son of George and Mary Allender, was born near Winchester, Va. on February 5, 1840, and was thus 89 years, one month and 15 days of age when God called him to his reward. Ere the territory west of the mountains had been wrested from the mother commonwealth and made a soverign state, he located in Randolph County, but the cluds of war shortly darkening the land, he returned to the land of his ancestors, put away the habiliments of labor, donned the uniform of gray and took up the sword for the mother state, not that he loved the union less, but that he loved his native commonwealth more.
At the close of the war he returned to Randolph County and shortly afterwards, in 1868 was united in marriage to Miss Apaline Kelley of Beverly.
To this happy union eight children were born, all of
whom survive, viz; A.F. Allender and Mrs. H.L. Kelley of this city;
Mars. H.L. Hansford and Mrs. Brown Vanscoy of Porterwood; Mrs. Columbus
Hansford and Mrs. W.J. Vanscoy of Kerens; Mrs. L.A. Buchanon of French
Creek and Mr. G. D. Allender of Elkins.
The wife preceded him to the grave a little more then a year ago, since which time he had been living with his children.
Funeral Services were held today at 10:00 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Allender on Spruce Street, by Rev. Robt. O. Lucke, pastor of the Presbyterian church, after which the funeral cortege moved with solemn tread to the open grave in Moore cemetery, Porterwood, and al that was given back to mother earth and his soul committed to the Father of us all.
Besides the children, the deceased leaves to mourn
their loss nearly 100 grandchildren.
In Memory of Uncle Thomas and Aunt Apaline Allender, by Carrie Allender
I often think of days gone by,
This was written by Carrie Allender about Thomas Allender and his wife Apaline Kelley Allender, [great granddaughter of Jacob and Mary Hendrickson Kittle]
Submitted by Randy Stalnaker; added September 25, 2007