Biography of Henry de Wolf Allen

For thirteen years Henry de Wolf Allen has been superintendent of the widely known Colt Farm and has proved himself an able executive and a successful agriculturist.

Henry de Wolf Allen was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, October 9, 1886, son of Henry Crocker and Marguerite (de Wolf) Allen, and a descendant on the paternal side of Crawford Allen, and on the maternal, of Mark Anthony de Wolf, who settled in Bristol about 1740. The family has long been recognized as a leading factor in the progress of the community, and the succeeding generations have furnished forward-looking and loyal citizens. The father of our subject, who was born in Providence, was engaged with the Allen Print Works until his death, and the mother, who was born in Bristol, died February 6, 1930. The son was educated in St. George’s private school in Newport. He chose farming as his vocation in early manhood and farmed independently until 1917, when he assumed the executive position he now holds with the Colt Farm in Bristol. His political views are those of the Republican party, but his attitude is that of a thoughtful voter only, as he does not seek public office. Mr. Allen’s hobby is the breeding of fine horses. He is a communicant of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Henry de Wolf Allen married, in 1914, Catherine Ann Reynolds, born in Bristol, daughter of John Post Reynolds, for many years superintendent of schools in the town. Her family is also notable, her ancestor, Joseph Reynolds, having in 1698 built the Reynolds homestead in Bristol, which was later visited by Lafayette. To Mr. and Mrs. Allen a daughter was born:

  1. Nancy Allen.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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