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Charlotte “Lottie” May Allen (1871–1954)

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Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lottie May Allen, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lottie May Allen, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Charlotte “Lottie” May Allen was born 16 October 1871 in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts to Green B. Allen, a blacksmith, and Emma Sisson.1

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Lottie, her parents, and her siblings, Gertrude and Arthur, lived at 118 Fifth Street in New Bedford during her childhood and attended Fifth Street Grammar School.2 Sadly, Lottie’s little brother, Arthur, died at the age of one in 1879.3

Lottie excelled in high school and served as the valedictorian of the New Bedford High School class of 1890.4

"Lottie May Allen Valedictorian of New Bedford Class of 1890," newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.
“Lottie May Allen Valedictorian of New Bedford Class of 1890,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
New Bedford High School Class of 1890; held by New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Lottie attended the Training School for Teachers in New Bedford with several of her high school classmates, graduating in June of 1892.5

"Superintendent's Report, The Training School for Teachers," Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, June 1892 graduating class.
“Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), p. 76, June 1892 graduating class of The Training School for Teachers in New Bedford.

Lottie’s first teaching appointment was at Thompson Street Grammar School in 1892, where she earned $400 per year.6 She transferred to the I. W. Benjamin in 1893, earning $425 per year, and also supplementing her income teaching evenings at Merrimac Street Elementary School, where she earned an additional $3 per week.7 The following year she transferred to Fifth Street School, which was close to her home at 118 Fifth Street, where she lived with her parents, Green and Emma.8

Atlas of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Based on plans in the Office of the City Engineer (Boston, Massachusetts : Walker Lithograph and Publishing, 1911), p. 9, Green B. Allen household and Fifth Street School; Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.
Atlas of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Based on plans in the Office of the City Engineer (Boston, Massachusetts : Walker Lithograph and Publishing, 1911), p. 9, Green B. Allen household and Fifth Street School; Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

Charlotte never married, lived in New Bedford, and taught school throughout her entire life.9 Charlotte visited with family and friends, her parents, her sister, Gertrude Allen Potter, her aunt, Eliza J. Butts Allen, and her cousin, Mabel Allen Gray and Herman J. Gray, and Carrie Tripp Slocum, wife of Dr. Frederick Slocum throughout the years.10

"Allens Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 15 Nov 1909, p. 6, col. 5.
“Allens Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 15 Nov 1909, p. 6, col. 5.
"The Allens and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 14 Sept 1915, p. 5, col. 1.
“The Allens and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 14 Sept 1915, p. 5, col. 1.
"Mr. and Mrs. William F. Potter, Charlotte Allen, and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mrs. Eliza J. Allen," newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 5 Jan 1922, p. 5, col. 4.
“Mr. and Mrs. William F. Potter, Charlotte Allen, and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mrs. Eliza J. Allen,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 5 Jan 1922, p. 5, col. 4.

Charlotte’s mother, Emeline C. “Emma” Sisson Allen, died in 1924, and her father, Green Burgess Allen, died in 1933.11 Both are buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.12

In 1935, Charlotte attended her 45th high school reunion, shown in the photo 2nd from the left on the front row.13

New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA, 1935; held by New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Lottie M. Allen.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Lottie M. Allen.

Charlotte “Lottie” May Allen died in 1954 in New Bedford and is buried in Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts.14

Charlotte’s sister, Gertrude B. Allen Potter died in 1968 and also is buried in Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts.15


Endnotes

1. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register, p. 132, no. 150, Allen, female, 16 Oct 1871. Place of birth: Plymouth. Parents: Green B. Allen, born in Westport, and Emma Sisson, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Blacksmith.

Full name, Charlotte May Allen, is listed on “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), p. 76, June 1892 graduating class of The Training School for Teachers in New Bedford, Charlotte May Allen.
Use of Lottie is on Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lottie May Allen, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

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2. 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 116, page 7 (penned), 247C (stamped), dwelling 71, family 79, Green Allen household.
Address: 118 Fifth Street.
– Green Allen, age 33, blacksmith, born in Massachusetts
– Emily Allen, age 33, wife, born in Massachusetts
– Gertrude B. Allen, age 4, daughter, born in Massachusetts
– Lotta M. Allen, age 7, daughter, born in Massachusetts

Also, “Admission to the High School,” newspaper articleThe Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

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3. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1879, vol. 4, p. 84, no. 225, Arthur P. Allen, 24 Apr 1879. Age 1 year, 6 months, 14 days. Cause of death: Lung Fever. Residence: 118 Fifth. Parents: Greene B., born in Westport, and Emma C., born in New Bedford. Burial: Rural Cemetery.

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4. “Lottie May Allen Valedictorian of New Bedford Class of 1890,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.

Also, Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890, Lottie May Allen.

Also, “New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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5. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), p. 76, June 1892 graduating class of the Training School for Teachers.
Charlotte May Allen, Lizzie Maria Briggs, Harriet Love Cornell, Ethel Washburn Denham, Dora Amanda DeWolf, Julia Crocker Gifford, Mary Luther Hillman, Harriet Newton Hyatt, Annie May King, Ruth Emma Pease, Julia Mason Pilling, Fannie Matthews Spooner.

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6. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), pages 80, 94, Charlotte M. Allen.
– p. 80, Appointments, Charlotte M. Allen, Thompson Street Grammar school.
– p. 94, Teacher List, Thompson Street, 10, Charlotte M. Allen, assistant, 118 Fifth street, $400

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7. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1893, (New Bedford : Evening Journal Company, 1894), pages 54, 106, 110, Charlotte M. Allen.
– page 54, Teacher Transfers, Charlotte M. Allen, from Thompson Street to I. W. Benjamin.
– page 106, List of Teachers, Primary Schools, I. W. Benajmin: 11, 12, Charlotte M. Allen, 118 Fifth street, $425.
– page 110, Evening Elementary Schools, Merrimac Street, Charlotte M. Allen, $3.00 per week

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8. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1894, (New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, 1895), pages 99, 106, Lottie M. Allen.
– page 99, Transfers, Lottie M. Allen, from I. W. Benjamin to Fifth Street
– page 106, List of Teachers, Grammar Schools, Fifth Street, 5, Lottie M. Allen, assistant, 118 Fifth street, $475.

Also, 1900 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 195, ward 5, sheet 5A, dwelling 71, family 79, Green B. Allen household.
Address: 118 Fifth Street
– Green B. Allen, age 53, foreman drill., born Nov 1846 in Massachusetts
– Emma C. Allen, age 53, wife, 2 children born, 2 children living, born Sept 1846 in Massachusetts
– Lottie May Allen, age 27, daughter, single, school teacher, born in Oct 1871 in Massachusetts

Also, Atlas of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Based on plans in the Office of the City Engineer (Boston, Massachusetts : Walker Lithograph and Publishing, 1911), p. 9, Green B. Allen household and Fifth Street School; Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

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9. Ibid. Also, 1910 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 214, ward 5, sheet 3A, dwelling 35, family 51, Green B. Allen household.
– Green B. Allen, age 63, foreman, born in Massachusetts
– Emma C. Allen, age 63, wife, 3 children born, 2 children living, born in Massachusetts
– Lottie M. Allen, age 38, single, daughter, teacher, born in Massachusetts

Also, 1920 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 147, ward 5, sheet 15B, dwelling 188, family 322, Green B. Allen household.
Address: 106 Pleasant Street
– Green B. Allen, age 73, born in Massachusetts, drill factory foreman
– Emma L., wife, age 73, born in Massachusetts
– Lottie M., daughter, age 48, single, born in Massachusetts, school teacher

Also, 1930 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 3-136, sheet 7A, dwelling 92, family 93, Green B. Allen household.
Address: 106 Pleasant Street.
– Green B. Allen, age 83, steel temperer, born in Massachusetts
– Lottie M. Allen, age 50, single, daughter, retired, born in Massachusetts

Also, 1940 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 20-93, ward 5, sheet 2A, dwelling 125, Lottie M. Allen household.
Address: 106 Pleasant Street
– Lottie M. Allen, age 68, single.

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10. “Allens Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 15 Nov 1909, p. 6, col. 5.

“The Allens and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Gray,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 14 Sept 1915, p. 5, col. 1.

“Mr. and Mrs. William F. Potter, Charlotte Allen, and Mrs. Fred Slocum Visit Mrs. Eliza J. Allen,” newspaper article, The Evening Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 5 Jan 1922, p. 5, col. 4.

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11. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Standard Certificate of Death, no. 379, Emma C. Allen, 17 Apr 1924. Married. Spouse: Green B. Allen. Age: 77 years, 6 months, 24 days. Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts. Parents: David W. Sisson and Charlette Beale, both born in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Burial: 20 Apr 1924, Rural Cemetery.

Also, Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990, Eureka Lodge, Green Burgess Allen. Birth: 26 Nov 1846. Death: 17 Dec 1933. Occupation: Blacksmith.

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12. Headstone reads: Emma C. Allen / 1846-1924
Find A Grave, memorial 156600742, Emma C. Allen (1846–1924), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

Also, headstone reads: Green B. Allen / 1846-1933
Find A Grave, memorial 173752189, Green B. Allen (1846–1933), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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13. “New Bedford High School Class of 1890 at their 45th Reunion, New Bedford, MA,” 14 July 1935; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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14. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, Death Index, 1951-1955, New Bedford, Bristol County, 1954, Lottie M. Allen, vol. 71, p. 199.

Also, headstone reads: Lottie M. Allen / 1871 – 1954.
Find A Grave, memorial 173752286, Lottie M. Allen (1871–1954), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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15. Headstone reads: Gertrude A. Potter / 1875 – 1968.
Find A Grave, memorial 173752173, Gertrude B. Allen Potter (1875–1968), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Lottie May Allen,” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/lottie-may-allen/ : posted 2021).

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